July 17 Marks 70th Anniversary of Pentagon Construction Start

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The remarkable story of the designing and building of the Pentagon is told in Dwight Jon Zimmerman's article on the Defense Media Network website

The fascinating story of the Pentagon’s construction, which included an apartment whose presence was so secret that only one person knew about it, is spotlighted in an article by award-winning author Dwight Jon Zimmerman and is available exclusively and for free on the Defense Media Network website: http://www.defensemedianetwork.com. Seventy years ago, on July 17, 1941, Brig. Gen. Brehon Somervell of the U.S. Army’s Construction Division gave the green light in advance of Congressional approval for the construction of the Pentagon, “the largest office building in the world” and one that went from blueprint to dedication in a record 20 months.

Zimmerman’s article, “Somervell’s Folly: The Construction of the Pentagon” – the “folly” being a mocking reference to both the size and speed of the project – is the latest in his series of exclusive Defense Media Network web articles commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II. Presented in chronological order by month and year, and offering a fact-filled and entertaining mixture of history and human interest, the articles spotlight concurrent noteworthy events and stories. Previous topics include the long-classified revelation that a U.S. Navy pilot was instrumental in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, the U.S. Army officer who created the obstacle course, and SPAM, the luncheon meat American troops loved to hate.

“Dwight Zimmerman’s World War II 70th anniversary articles are among the most popular posts on the site, and we look forward to continuing the series,” said Editor-in-Chief Chuck Oldham.

Defense Media Network is the online military news and history website for Faircount Media Group. Faircount has been an established publisher in the defense sector since the early 1990s. Along with its own independent publications, Faircount works with military and government customers in the United States, U.K., Canada and Australia. Clients include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, NASA, Canadian Air Force, Canadian Navy, British Royal Navy, and many others.


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