Kris Romeo Bishundat
Attack Location: Pentagon
Home: Waldorf, Maryland
Kris Romeo Bishundat had been working at the Pentagon for only three months when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Bishundat grew up in Charles County, the eldest of three children, and spent six years in the Navy. He had been taking classes at the University of Maryland's University College while working as a systems technician.
Bishundat loved being in the service, his father, Bhola Bishundat, told the Associated Press.
He told his family little about his duties at the Pentagon. Kris Bishundat's mother and siblings went to the site this week to see whether they could learn anything.
“I'm hoping they are in the basement; maybe he and other people are there,” Bhola Bishundat said. “We are just hoping. We are not giving up now.”
Yesterday, relatives and neighbors gathered at his parents' house on a tight-knit cul-de-sac in Waldorf. They stood on the porch, hugging and crying, and said they did not want to talk to strangers about him.
Today is his birthday. He would have been 24.
— Nancy Trejos
Bright Star, He Left His Mark on the Navy
December 10, 2001
Scores of officers and enlisted sailors crowded onto the busy deck of the USS Shreveport warship September 20 to honor a fallen comrade and officially open a facility named for him.
Housing nine computer terminals, educational materials and a small library collection, the Media Resource Center – which provides about 700sailors and Marines access to computer-aided learning opportunities, as well as e-mail and Internet service – was named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Kris Romeo Bishundat, who served on the Shreveport before being transferred to the Pentagon four months before the terrorist attacks.
Bishundat, who would have turned 24 on September 14, was assigned in May to the communications division of the Chief of Naval Operations Center at the Pentagon. An information systems technician there, Bishundat had moved to newly renovated offices three weeks before the attacks. He had enlisted in the Navy six years to the day the terrorists struck.
A native of Guyana, Bishundat was a sensitive, humble son, said his mother, Basmattie Bishundat. It wasn't until her son's death, she said, that she learned about his meteoric accomplishments. He never talked about half the awards he won, she said. In just six years, Bishundat had received the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously October 18 at his funeral in Arlington National Cemetery.
He came to the United States in 1980 and settled in Waldorf, Maryland, with his
mother and his father, Bhola. He was the oldest of three children, including sisters, Danita, 21, and Devita, 18. He enlisted in the Navy two days before he turned 18 and was assigned to the USS Yorktown for a year until October 1997. Reassigned to the Shreveport as manager of the ship's automated information systems department, Bishundat was responsible for a multitude of complex computer and data processing equipment, operating as the ship's webmaster. A former supervisor, Emanuel Chestnut Jr., was quoted as saying he had “never in 20 years in the Navy worked with anyone as unselfish as Bishundat.”
He was an adventurous, fun-loving soul who was into surfing, golf and tennis, his mother said. “He loved life and lived every day to its fullest.” Her son had a real
sensitive side also, she said. His mother recalled how, in a conversation with him about an hour before the attack, he expressed how he was so touched that his sister, Danita, not only took the time to pack his lunch but also wrote a note telling him to enjoy it.
He was so touched by it, he also told his girlfriend, Lisa Kenney, about the note in a phone call to her before the attack. “He was very sensitive,” his mother said. “I couldn't have asked for a better son.”
BISHUNDAT, KRIS ”ROMEO” USN (Age 23)
Of Waldorf, Maryland died September 11, 2001 of a terrorist attack while stationed at the Pentagon. He leaves behind his parents, Bhola and Basmattie Bishundat; sisters, Danita and Devita Bishundat; grandfather, Santall Persaud, a very special friend, Lisa Kenney, and a host of family, friends, and co workers. Viewing will be Wednesday, October 17, 2001 4 to 9 p.m. at the Jaycee Hall, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf, Maryland. A second visitation will be on Thursday, October 18, at HUNTT FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 3035 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf, Maryland 20604 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. where a procession will depart at 11:50 a.m. for interment at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers you may contribute to: The Bishundat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1733, Waldorf, MD 20604.
NOTE: ST Bushundat was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetery, in the shadows of the Pentagon.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard