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Story Corps: Sept. 11 Survivor Recalls Day

AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

At StoryCorps, Yates recounted the events of that morning.

JOHN YATES: And I remember seeing just strings of skin, which was hanging off my hands from the burns. There's a lot of things that I don't remember to this day. But I remember a medic cutting all my clothes off of me. And my wife waking me up, and I thought it was still September 11th. But it was September 13th. You know, when I went to watch what was going on in New York, I was standing in the middle of five people. And I'm the only one that survived.

CORNISH: These 9/11 stories will be housed at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. All StoryCorps recordings are archived at the Library of Congress.

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CORNISH: You'll find more reflections on today's anniversary, and images and music - and through blogging of today's events - at our website, at NPR.org. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.