Amelia Virginia Fields
Military Spouse & Government Employee
Amelia Fields turned 46 that morning. Her husband, who had been her high school sweetheart, slipped out of their Dumfries home during breakfast to place a surprise birthday card in her car.
While she headed to work at the Pentagon, where she was a civilian secretary for the Army, he baked a chocolate cake for when she would have arrived home that night.
It "would have been the first thing she saw when she walked in," said William Fields, a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant.
has not been heard from since American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into
the Pentagon on Tuesday, leaving her husband uncertain how to register
certain aspects of her fate. She had worked there for only two days, having
Amelia Virginia Dennis was born in Princess Anne, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore. She and her future husband met in study hall during their junior year at Washington High School. He was shy; she wasn't. That sparked the initial attraction.
They graduated in 1973. After they married two years later, she accompanied him on his military assignments and volunteered at Navy hospitals while raising the couple's two children, William Jr., 23, and Shantell Fields, 18.
Since moving to this area in 1977, she was active at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries.
Note: Mrs. Fields was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon building.
Posted: 13 October 2001 Updated: 7 July 2002 Updated: 26 May 2003 Updated: 6 July 2003 Updated: 19 January 2006
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 27 June 2003