Great American Spotlight-Captain Humayun Khan


U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan

            Muslim-American Immigrant

Born in Dubai, Buried in Arlington Cemetery


Captain Humayun Khan was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers in Iraq. He was a Muslim-American immigrant.

Captain Kahn immigrated to the United States as a young boy and joined the United States Army. While deployed in Iraq in 2004, he was inspecting a guard post when he spotted a “suspicious” vehicle approaching the Army compound.

Risking his own life, he ordered his subordinates away from the vehicle and confronted it before it reached the gates. That’s when he was killed by a suicide car bomb which exploded pre-maturely near the gate of the compound. Kahn’s interception of the car bomb prevented its targeted detonation at a nearby mess hall, where hundreds of solders were eating breakfast.

Capt. Kahn was born in Dubai of Pakistani parents, and he was buried in Arlington Cemetery. There are 14 Muslim-American solders buried at Arlington who were killed in action since 2003.

Capt. Kahn’s father eulogized his son at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as brave American “immigrant” who gave his life for the American People.