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Kris Romeo Bishundat

Age: 23

Hometown: Waldorf, Md., USA

Occupation: Information systems technician second class, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon


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

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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