Civilians killed in Iraq ambush added to memorial

By Joe Bennett

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill -- A group of civilian contractors has been added to a memorial honoring the men killed in an ambush in Iraq nine years ago.

The memorial at Alpha Park in Bartonville was built two years ago by members of the Quiet Pride motorcycle club.

During a ceremony Tuesday night following a memorial ride, a boulder was unveiled which commemorates the lives of six personnel of the KBR contracting team.

Jack Montague, Tony Johnson, Jeffrey Parker, Stephen Hulett, and William Bradley were killed in the ambush.

Timothy Bell, who is also a veteran, is still listed as missing in action.

"The civilian contractors were there as a support group. If they hadn't been there, the war can't go on, so I think it's all a necessary part of the war machine to make it work,” according to Quiet Pride Vice President John Shaefer. “So we just felt that everyone that was there needs somebody to remember them."

The memorial was built for Greg Goodrich, Matt Maupin, and Elmer Krause of the 724th Transportation Company.

The Army Reservists of the first platoon out of Bartonville were killed in the ambush on April 9th, 2004.

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