US Army Capt. Humayun Kahn
U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Baquabah, Iraq on June 8th, 2004. As a suspicious car drove toward the front of the base, Captain Kahn ordered his troops to step back. He took 10 steps forward toward the car packed with explosives, forcing the suicide bomber to set off the explosion sooner than intend. This action saved the lives of many other troops and civilians crowded around the gate of the compound.
Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, of Bristow, Virginia. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, from Vilseck, Germany. Khan received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously. He was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. At a memorial service held three days after his death at his base in Diyala Province, Iraq, his fellow soldiers, along with Major General John Batiste and Colonel Dana Pittard, his brigade commander were in attendance.
Born in 1976 in the United Arab Emirates, his Pakistani family immigrated to the US two years later. They settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he attended high school with his two brothers. He attended the University of Virginia, where he signed up for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. After graduating in 2000, he served in the Army for four years and rose to the rank of Captain. His death later became a focus in the 2016 presidential campaign.