Ain’t No Time To Wonder Why

Support out poorly trained, frightened, trigger-happy troops.

Several investigations have been launched into why a civilian contractor in Iraq was shot and killed by American troops as he drove toward a U.S. military checkpoint last week.

Truck driver Donald Tolfree, 52, of St. Charles, drove through a U.S. military checkpoint Feb. 5 before realizing he was in the wrong convoy, attorney Patrick Greenfelder, who represents Tolfree’s daughter, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Tolfree turned around and was driving back toward the checkpoint when he was shot and killed, Greenfelder said. Tolfree was a driver for KBR, a contracting subsidiary of Halliburton Co.


Greenfelder said a KBR representative visited Tolfree’s daughter, Kristen Martin, 22, of Owosso, Feb. 6 to deliver the news. The representative initially said Tolfree and another convoy driver were killed by a roadside bomb.

Later that day, the representative phoned Martin and said Tolfree was killed by U.S. forces, Greenfelder said. She later learned from news reports that the other driver had survived.


The family wants to know if warning shots were fired, whether it was a two-way checkpoint, why Tolfree was in the wrong convoy and with whom he was communicating, if anyone, before his death at the Camp Anaconda checkpoint, about 50 miles north of Baghdad.

“The guy just cleared (the checkpoint) a couple minutes ago. What were they shooting him for?” Greenfelder said.

3 thoughts on “Ain’t No Time To Wonder Why

  1. mapleStreet says:

    Admittedly, the use of contractors allows the US Military to undercount the number of military casualties. But does it also lead to more incidents like this that formerly would be “friendly fire” incidents?

  2. BuggyQ says:

    Slightly OT, did anybody else hear that Maliki didn’t attend Petraeus’ little taking-over ceremony? And you thought things were complicated already…
    Somehow I think there are a few less friendlies to worry about taking fire from *accidentally*.

  3. mdhatter says:

    Contractors are people who install bathrooms and decks on your house… arguably they paint schools.
    Mercenaries drive military trucks and carry guns out of uniform.
    I do insist. KBR are mercenaries.

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