Rhonda Jimmerson’s brother, Major Troy “Trojan” Gilbert was an F-16 pilot with over 1000 flying hours.
On November, 27, 2006, his plane crashed in Iraq while he was protecting Americans whose helicopter had crashed. His body was ejected from the plane upon impact and immediately found and taken by al Qaeda–rolled up in a carpet and placed in a truck.
They made videos in celebration and kept his body as a trophy for 10 years.
Finally, on October 3, 2016, his body was returned home.
He was married with five children. Troy graduated from Texas Tech in 1993 with a degree in International Economics.
This interview with Rhonda is about her fight to get all of her brother’s remains home. She shares her struggles as a sister to support her parents and to support Troy’s wife Ginger, and children.
We finish up with her faith and how she persevered through one disappointment after another.
Note: since it became known that Troy had been killed, he was not considered “missing”. We discuss this but didn’t go into depth about what is considered “missing”.