|IRAQ: Four Halliburton Workers from U.S. Killed|
December 22nd, 2004
Two Texas men and two others from Oregon and Alabama were identified Wednesday as the four Halliburton Co. employees killed in the attack at a military base in Iraq, a strike that is among the deadliest for the Houston-based contractor since its involvement there.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and for all of our employees and subcontractors who are working in this extremely dangerous environment," Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said.
Halliburton's subsidiary KBR manages military mess halls as the contractor responsible for feeding U.S. troops, building bases and providing other logistical support. At such dining facilities, civilian workers join the troops to eat.
Hall identified the Texas victims as Houston-area men, Leslie W. Davis, 53, of Magnolia; and Allen Smith, 45, of Rosharon. Also killed were Anthony M. Stramiello Jr., 61, of Astoria, Ore.; and Brett A. Hunter, 29, of Chickasaw, Ala.
"Each of these men was a special part of the KBR family and will be greatly missed," Hall said. "KBR closely monitors the constantly changing situation in Iraq and works closely with authorities to ensure the safety and security of all our personnel in the region."
Sixteen other workers, including 12 subcontractors, were injured seriously when explosions rocked a mess tent during lunchtime Tuesday at the base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Two injured employees were released from the hospital, the company said.
The injured subcontractors could include local hires in Iraq or Americans. Their names were not released.
Of the fatalities, Davis worked in quality assurance and quality control and was described by the company as "a compassionate man who had a personal relationship with a higher power and prayed before every meal."
Smith was a labor foreman remembered by workers for his warm nature and love of a good joke.
Stramiello, a carpenter foreman, was described as detail oriented and articulate with a passion for adventure.
Hunter worked as a process lab tech analyst and loved to fish, Halliburton said.
The loss of life was the worst for Halliburton since April 9, when five of the company's truck drivers died as their convoy was ambushed near Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad.
Two other Halliburton drivers, Tim Bell and Bill Bradley, remain listed as missing eight months later. Army Reserve Spc. Keith Maupin was captured in the attack and Pentagon officials have not been able to confirm his fate. Another driver, Thomas Hamill, was injured, captured and later escaped captivity.
The attack Tuesday that killed 22 people overall and injured 72 brought to 59 the number of Halliburton employees and subcontractors who have died in Iraq and Kuwait.
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