We are trying to preserve the individual stories from that night, June 25, 1996, and other stories of survival so that others can read, hopefully benefit and share their stories. If you would like to share your story, please e-mail it to stories@ktbsa.com.

Khobar Towers, June 25, 1996

 It was a typical Saudi Arabian night in June, the temperature was around the high eighties to low nineties and the humidity was somewhere around the eighty percent mark. Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the evening of June, 25th, one of the terrorists drove a Datsun into the parking lot adjoining the Khobar Towers building 131 as a scout vehicle, and parked in the far corner of the parking lot adjoining the Towers complex. Next to enter the parking lot was a getaway car, a white Chevrolet Caprice, which another terrorist had borrowed. The Datsun signaled that all was clear by blinking its lights. With that, the truck bomb was driven in by a Hezbollah member, it entered the lot and backed against the fence just in front of the Khobar Towers building 131. After parking the truck, the driver and another occupant quickly jumped out of the truck and into the back of the white Caprice and drove away from the lot, followed by the Datsun. Within minutes, the truck bomb exploded, devastating building 131 and other buildings which were occupied by American Air Force personnel. The explosion killed 19 of the United States Air Force service members and wounded 372 other Americans.  

The following stories are the firsthand accounts by some of the Air Force men and women who survived that horrific event and helped in the rescue effort.