four kbr contractors brutally murder

four kbr contractors brutally murder

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RON WILSON

Houston, TX

#1 Oct 6, 2008
On the 7th of July 2008, four KBR contractors in Iraq were brutally murdered. No, that was not the headline of the day; that is not even how it was characterized in the news when it was actually reported. Nonetheless that is exactly what happened. An insurgent in Iraq planned and execute these brutal murders.

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RON WILSON

Houston, TX

#2 Oct 6, 2008
Does anyone even care?
RON WILSON

Houston, TX

#3 Oct 6, 2008
On the morning of the 7th of July 2008, there were about 30 or so KBR contractors at an US Army camp in Northern Iraq call, Q- west. These individuals were preparing to travel to Mosul, Iraq which is about 68 miles to the north. This seemed like and easy task, since this route had been travelled so many times before. On that day we were to ride in what KBR calls,“Rhino Bus.”
The Rhino Bus is this huge RV looking bus that is fully armored. It has think layers of armored protection all around the vehicle. It also has window that are about 6 inches thick.
There were a few guys who stood outside smoking and joking, while the rest of us waiting in the office. At about 10:45 am, we were told to load the Rhino bus, while I was gathering my bags, I noticed that the guys outside were running to the bus to get a seat up front. I quickly grabbed my bags and got to the bus but by the time I got there it was only two seats left on the bus. One guy who boarded just before me took one seats and I remember a nice young white guy moved his helmet out of an empty seat and told me to sit here. At that time I sat down and the bus was full. KBR travel had already planned for the over flow so there were to harden SUV that were to travel with us also.
After the Rhino Bus was loaded and ready to depart for the staging lanes at Q-West. We drove for about five minute and we stopped just outside of the staging lanes. We were told by the driver that we would be sitting at the gate until 13:00 hours, which is 1:00pm. He opened the door and showed everyone how to open and close the door properly. He informed us of the important of the door being handled with care. It is about 11:00 am at this time. Most of the people got off the bus for a quick bath room break and the smoker did what they do. I my self went to the bathroom which was a Porter-John in the staging yard. On my way back to the bus I met an African-American young lady who was one of the drivers of the bus. I asked her,“How many times have you driven this route”? Her answer was,“Lots
of times”!(Smiling brightly) That young lady’s name was Pamela Mayo-Brown and those were the only words that I had with her.
We departed Q-west with and Army convoy consisting of over 60 vehicles. I am not sure of the exact number but it was a very only convoy. Our vehicle was placed somewhere in the middle of this convoy and we were on our way. Approximately two hours into our trip, while I was nodding off, I vehicle was hit by an IED, improvised explosive devices. As soon as we were hit I knew exactly what it was. It did not sound as loud as I thought it would. I remember the look on the face of the young lady who was sitting to the left of me, she looked straight in to my eyes just as my daughter does, it is a look that I am very familiar with.
After the explosion the vehicles rolled for about 50 meter totally out of control because the Driver had been knock unconscious at impact. While rolling out of control the vehicle was falling apart. The initial burst called the door to blow completely off and the roof of the vehicle was almost totally gone.
Three of the four died was killed instantly. They felt no pain, they did not suffer. From the time of the initial detonation till the vehicle came to a stop, the grace of God was with me just as always but I realized his grace more than ever. The vehicle stop in little ditch that divide the road. Everyone in the vehicle was covered with dirt and dust, it was very dusty and I could not see everyone in the vehicle. The young lady that was beside me, her name was Doris Lowery, the floor boards beneath her had collapsed. I quickly helped her up and tried to help a man that was in front of me up. I then begin to remove the broken pieces of the interior of the vehicle.
Grigori E Rasputin

Bronx, NY

#4 Oct 6, 2008
Wow! It is amazing how much this kind of thing goes on and how easy it is for us, safely here in the US, to just read it as a news item and go on to the next item. Here, so far removed from the bloodshed and horror, it is easy to be detached from these things. Thanks to you, Ron Wilson, I can read this and have a feeling of being there and the terror that all involved must have felt, as well as the sense of loss and gratitude for those who came out alive.
Thank You for posting this.
RON WILSON

Houston, TX

#5 Oct 6, 2008
KBR Rhino Bus is a death trap! Never ever ride on the KBR Rhino Bus, it will fall apart like a house of cards when hit by a real IED! Four contractors lost their lives, after they were told this vehicle was safe.

On the 7th of July 2008, four KBR contractors in Iraq were brutally murdered. No, that was not the headline of the day; that is not even how it was characterized in the news when it was actually reported. Nonetheless that is exactly what happened. An insurgent in Iraq planned and execute these brutal murders.
KBR Rhino Bus a death trap!!!
there that day

AOL

#7 Jan 20, 2009
As I was there you story is close to accurate. I dont want to misdirect or argure but some of your facts are wrong. Pamela Brown-Mayo was one of the best people you could have meet. I am sorry you only got to speak a few words to her. However the rhino floor boards did not collapse and after action pictures show that, and having to go into personaly afterwords to gather items I saw clearly and with out the adrenaline that we all had on the frigin highway that miserable 127 degree day. That was the worst day in my life but I do stand by the rhino and would run in it any time. There was many midigating cercumstances that day that played a roll in 4 great peoples deaths. We will not forget you all.
contractorsgetpa id2fight

Norwalk, CA

#8 Jan 21, 2009
So tragic, so sad. Hopefully we can bring all Americans home soon.
Archive Manager

Goose Creek, SC

#9 Jan 23, 2009
I was one of the indiviuals in the armored vehicle whom were injured and was sitting behind the driver of the rhino. I aremember this incident quite well because all I do is think of this incident and have PTSD from it. The female driver was a great individual and before the incident while we were at the rest area to use the bathrooms, the young lady offered to give me some of her food she had in a plate. I told her that I would not take her last meal that sshe offered and told her she would need it later on, so I declined and told her thanks.
I felt the metal falling and hitting me on my back, knees, and head but I could not see either. I was thrown back and forth in the vehicle because there were no seatbelts on the seats the passengers was sitting in.
I am now still hurting from the incident. When the sand settled down in the armored vehicle all I could see was the driver snocked out cold, the front seat lady dead, two guys across from me laying down dead crossing each other with blood coming out their heads, and did not know until later on when I seen the other person who was blown out the vehicle on the ground dead by the road.
I have to take medicine every night just to sleep and taking pain pills and awaiting surgery to other areas of my body.
This was a bad day for all the people on the rhino vehicle, especially the ones who died before my face.
Ron Wilson your email is right. I was the Archive and Storage Manager and had been trying to get to Mosul for four days to commence my scheduled archive and storage training.

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Since: Dec 07

Jersey

#10 Jan 23, 2009
Thank you for your service and may God allow you to understand your life is purposeful. So are the victims.
SSG BOUGHTON

Enterprise, AL

#11 Feb 12, 2009
"4 out of probably 20 persons on a bus that was blown up sounds pretty safe to me, You survived all of you could have died but the bus saved you..."
Grigori E Rasputin wrote:
Wow! It is amazing how much this kind of thing goes on and how easy it is for us, safely here in the US, to just read it as a news item and go on to the next item. Here, so far removed from the bloodshed and horror, it is easy to be detached from these things. Thanks to you, Ron Wilson, I can read this and have a feeling of being there and the terror that all involved must have felt, as well as the sense of loss and gratitude for those who came out alive.
Thank You for posting this.
grateful

Fayetteville, NC

#12 Feb 12, 2009
Well we are all entitled to our own views!!!

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#13 Feb 12, 2009
SSG BOUGHTON wrote:
"4 out of probably 20 persons on a bus that was blown up sounds pretty safe to me, You survived all of you could have died but the bus saved you..."<quoted text>
You think 20% loss is acceptable, SSG?

I wonder if those 4 people would agree with you.

I don't.
Devon Huntley

Cambridge, MA

#15 Feb 13, 2009
shovelhead wrote:
<quoted text>You think 20% loss is acceptable, SSG?
I wonder if those 4 people would agree with you.
I don't.
Good point, I agree but Drake said it well. Some of these IED's are tremendously powerful. The rhino is not built like a tank so I am not suprised it opened up and fell apart as a result of the explosion. In a perfect world, no loss is acceptable.
Devon Huntley

Cambridge, MA

#16 Feb 13, 2009
SSG. Boughton, Thank You for your service & God be with you and the boys.

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#18 Feb 13, 2009
Devon Huntley wrote:
SSG. Boughton, Thank You for your service & God be with you and the boys.
Staff Sgt Brought is obviously not the only one here who has served our country.

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#19 Feb 13, 2009
Broughton
Devon Huntley

Cambridge, MA

#20 Feb 13, 2009
SSG Boughton

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#21 Feb 13, 2009
Right.
SSG BOUGHTON

Enterprise, AL

#22 Feb 13, 2009
In an ambush 20% loss is very exceptable. I ran security for many Rhino runs and this is a very safe vehical. I was lead vehical in a convoy when the Rhino was hit by an double EFP in late 2007 on route irish. although it did hit the bus low the bus absorbed the blast and the armor stopped the shrapnell, all pax did survive. And the bus also took a front direct hit from an IED with no Casualties. Anyone serving in a combat zone asumes the risk..........
shovelhead wrote:
<quoted text>You think 20% loss is acceptable, SSG?
I wonder if those 4 people would agree with you.
I don't.
W_T_F

Houston, TX

#24 Mar 22, 2009
Ron Wilson,
Funny, I am looking at all the names of the passengers on that particular Rhino. And imagine my surprise (read sarcasm here) there was no one named Wilson on the bus. The IED that hit the Rhino was huge, no matter how well the bus was put together, it would not have held. And while the damage to the bus was impressive, it is not near what you descrbed it to be.
While I agree it is a sad thing these folks were killed, we are working in a War Zone! Complacency kills and Stupidity is permanent. Thanks for playing.

Archive Manager (RW), I hope you are doing well.

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