Army Capt. Humayun Khan

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Capt Humayun Khan is an American hero and US soldier who died in the Iraq War.  He was killed by a  suicide bomber in 2004.  Today, he has become an unlikely part of the 2016 US Presidential debate on issues of War, Muslims, Patriotism, Terrorism and common decency.

 

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Khan is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia

Capt. Humayun Khan was born in 1976.  He is of Pakistani descent, as his immigrant parents migrated to the US in 1978.

The family  settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Humayun grew up with two brothers.

He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000, and then proudly served in the Army for four years where he rose to the rank of Captain.

Today, his family is being wildly debated after the US Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump attacked them in interviews and on Twitter after Humayun’s father challenged the Republican to read the US constitution in wake of Mr. Trump’s statement to ban all muslims entry into the US.

As for us, Capt Humayun Khan is one of many proud American Muslims who have served the US valiantly in the Armed Services.   We salute his sacrifice and honor his memory.

FACTOID: Muslims in the America Military [1]

1.  Bampett Muhammad, who served under George Washington between 1775 and 1783, is one of the earliest recorded Muslims in the US army
2.  A number of Muslims served in the Union army during the American Civil War, including Nicholas Said, who later became an activist
3.  Over 15,000 Arab Americans served the US during World War II
4.  More than 3,500 Muslims served in Afghanistan and Iraq

 

References

[1]”Who Was Capt Humayun Khan?” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016

 

 

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