SPECIAL REPORT: Three truckers confirmed dead in Iraq; missing workers named

| 4/20/2004

Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root released the identities of three transportation workers found dead after their convoy was attacked in Iraq April 9.

Three bodies have been identified as Steven Hulet, 48, of Manistee, MI; Jack Montague, 52, of Pittsburg, IL; and Jeffrey Parker, 45, of Lake Charles, LA.

"It is with our heartfelt sympathy that we confirm the death of three KBR colleagues working in Iraq as transportation personnel for the LOGCAP III Project," Halliburton said. "Our co-workers . were brave hearts without medals, humanitarians without parades and heroes without statues."

The three men were killed near Abu Ghraib in an attack that set fire to their supply convoy April 9. The Houston Chronicle reported that another Halliburton driver, Steven Scott Fish of Virginia Beach, VA, was also killed in the attack and buried this weekend. The newspaper identified all four of the dead as truckers.

Four other KBR employees and two soldiers are still missing. The Chronicle listed the names of three of the missing contractors as: Thomas Hamill of Macon, MS, whose kidnapping was shown in a video last week; Timothy Bell, of Mobile, AL; and Tony Duane Johnson. The newspaper identified the two missing soldiers as PFC Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, OH, who was shown on videotape last week; and Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, NC.

Halliburton said, “Once Iraq is rebuilt, as it will be, it will be a living testament to the tenacity, courage and sacrifice of these employees.

"We grieve today for the tragic and sudden loss of our co-workers. Halliburton extends its sincere condolences to the families of these employees. This is a very difficult time for the Halliburton family.

"There is no road map for something like this, and we are doing everything we can to assist the families as well as our employees to cope with this huge tragedy. The passing of these brave men leaves a void in our hearts and in the organization that will be difficult to fill.

"Also, we at Halliburton and KBR remain prayerful for the families of our four other missing employees."

With more than 700 trucks on Kuwaiti and Iraqi roads, Kellogg, Brown and Root estimates its drivers log about 3.3 million miles per month. The company and its subcontractors have lost about 33 personnel while performing services in Kuwait and Iraq.

--by René Tankersley, staff writer

René Tankersley can be reached at rene_tankersley@landlinemag.com.