Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan

27, of Bristow, Virginia.
Khan died in Baquabah, Iraq, after a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty. He was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on June 8, 2004.

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"I worked with your son in Iraq and he was always in good spirits and fun to be around. He was a true patriot and brother who took excellent care of all of those around him, whether you were in his command or not. What struck me the most was his caring for the Iraqi people. He believed, as do I, that learning to work together and respect each other was as vital a mission as any patrol. It showed many soldiers and Iraqis that we are way more alike then we are different. He was a visionary that way. I also took his Judo classes that he taught when he was off duty.
As the senior interrogator on Warhorse, he wanted my input on what to look for in the locals wanting to come on the FOB that would make them suspicious. Slight body language signs and facial micro expressions were the 2 things I was working on with him. On that fateful morning, I was supposed to be standing next to him. The night before though I found myself having to conduct a 9 hour interrogation. I was exhausted so I sent one of my subordinates in my place. Fortunately, she ran late and was just pulling up in her HMMWV. Physically she was fine. Mentally not so much. I’ve spent countless hours wondering how things could have been different. Would I have honed right in on that car as a threat? Would I have been able to pull him down to the ground where he would have survived the attack? Or if I was there, would I just have joined him in his sacrifice? I don’t know and I never will. That attack, your son and the what if’s are always churning in the back of my mind, even now, 16 years later. I will never forget your son - the kind of man, soldier, friend, humanitarian and true patriot that he was. It was an honor to serve with him. I am still sorry for your loss although I’m sure you believe as I do, he is made whole again and lives in a better place now. صلى الله عليه وسلم"
SGT Dirmann, Kevin - 101st MI BN, 1ID of Jacksonville, FL

"General Kelly got it right; read and hear his words."

"Memorial Quilt for the eternal Honor of all “Gold Star” Mothers: and all “Blue Star” Families. Quilt inspired by: Capt. Humayun Khan (fallen in Iraq, 2004) AND Charles Jackson Skiles, Jr., age 17 and Eugene Skiles, age 21, (both brothers fallen at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941)
It happened in an Olympic/Election year. Our Gold Star Mother, Ghazala Kahn and her husband, Khizr Khan honored their son in front of the world. That love awakened my similar past. Through her, it becomes undeniable that the loss experienced by Gold Star family members transcend race, time and political preference (except for the very ignorant). The wounds of a Gold Star Mother and her family affect future generations of family members, as does the freedoms gained from the bravery and heroism of their sons and daughters, which each of us remaining enjoy daily. The life of my father, Emmett Lee Skiles was significantly shaped by the loss of his two brothers by age 15, and the following generations.
Of significant importance in my family history and experience is the FACT THAT my Grandmother, from Richmond, Missouri, a Gold Star Mother, back in 1941 did not see her name in print; she was only identified as Mrs. Charles J. Skiles. CHRISTINA ZUKLIN SKILES (1889-1984), mother of sons and heroes Charles J. Skiles, Jr. and Eugene Skiles, also from Richmond, Missouri. Back in those early days, THIS COUNTRY did not acknowledge women as high enough on the social experience scale to refer to them by name. Women were silenced back then and existed only under the name of men in fear. I’m giving her that recognition now. I’m releasing her from standing in the shadows and giving her her name back: she is CHRISTINA ZUKLIN SKILES, my Grandmother. Advancing forward, in contrast, because of Christina’s son’s service, our beloved Gold Star Mother, Ghazala Kahn stood on a stage with her husband to be acknowledged and included for our entire world to see. That is what freedom represents and what the sacrifices accomplish. That is why their sons and daughters fought and died; for OUR FREEDOMS.
So I designed and personally made this flag quilt as an everlasting symbol to Honor these two and all Gold Star Mothers and their families, with my special thanks to Ghazala Kahn, forever a symbol for me to understand what my Grandmother, Christina Zuklin Skiles would have felt in those early, raw days after her losses and all her future days, long before my birth. Christina Zuklin Skiles would not have been able to speak one word if her two deceased hero sons were displayed behind her, in photos, on a large stage like Ghazala Kahn. Grandma Skiles would have cried inside in silence, with no words able to be spoken.
Renee’ A. Leon - Skiles,
Daughter of Emmett Lee Skiles, US Army (younger brother of Charles J. Skiles, Jr. and Eugene Skiles)
c.c.: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page; American Gold Star Mothers Inc.; The Veterans of Foreign Wars Local 2285, in Eastchester, N.Y."
Renee Leon of Belton, Missouri USA

"All political and religious nonsense aside, those of us who knew Cpt Khan, who had the honor of serving with or for him, knew that he was an exceptional soldier, leader, and human being. One of the best of us, who brought out the best, in us. That is the truth. I have many great memories of him, and will never forget him. None of us who served with him and got to know him will, and that is because of who he was. Shame on those using his name and ethnicity for their own purposes. Let this great man rest and his family have peace."
SSG Jeff "Sgt Mo" Moniz, B Co 201st FSB Vilseck, GE 2001-2005 of Sioux Falls, SD USA

"Captain Khan reminded me of my Commanding Officer Lt. Morris. He was an inspiration to me then and now sense I am also of Native American blood. However, I must say that Donald Trump did not shame the Khan family. He only expresses what many of us who served in combat during the Vietnam War feel. If we are going to fight then let us fight. I suffer from PTSD as so many others do too."
Will Johnson of Clovis, California

"Please accept my appreciation to your family for the way in which you have brought your son, Human, to all of us. One good thing about this terrible controversy with Mr. Trump is that now so many of us know about your brave son and what a wonderful person he was. I pray for him and for you. These must be such difficult times, but I hope the love and support you receive from strangers will carry you. Your son was a true hero. He would be so proud of you both for representing everything that is good about our country. Thank you. Please know that we carry all of you in our hearts."
Patty Smith of Portland, Oregon

"As a military brat turned military wife I've spent 50 yrs plus connected to the military. I consider myself quite blessed because the military lifestyle is a blend of all cultures, races, ethnicities. I didn't learn prejudices. People are taught prejudices. They aren't born with them.

Capt. Humayun S. M Khan "Well done good and faithful servant". "You have run the good race." "There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for his friend." You died too young. You never got to experience many of the things life has to offer most people. "Some gave some. Some gave all." You gave all. You're a hero and you've touched all of America! I have tremendous respect for your sacrifice.

Mr. Khan - Your words obviously came genuinely from your heart and your words moved me to tears and I was clapping alone in my house as you spoke across the airwaves and challenged a man not fit to be our President. He must NEVER be our POTUS. You and your wife have been very stoic, strong, brave and incredibly generous to share your story with us. Many of us in this country still respect those who served in the military and particularly those who were wounded or killed. Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and always will be."
Irish Mason of Colorado Springs, CO, USA

"Hello, my name is Frank J.T. Rodriguez, MSG (Ret.) U.S. Army. As I'm seeing what is going on in the news and reading all that's being said, it angers me because the media and the people will never understand what we as the Military Service Member (Soldier) goes through each day, trying to deal with the loss of this Outstanding Soldier and Leader. There are only a few Great Warriors who can actually tell you what really went on that horrible day of June 08, 2004. We all have our ways of coping and dealing with this unnecessary lose of life. We had a mission to accomplish, and We did it to the best of our ability. Cpt. Khan was a Great leader and he will always be remembered as such, He is a true Warrior. I ask that Cpt. Khan be left out of any political and media focus. It affects myself and I think it affects the other Soldiers who were actually there that day. Lets not forget the Sacrifice of Cpt. Khan and the numerous Soldiers we lost that day and the Soldiers who were wounded and affected by all of this. Viper 1 November Out."
Frank T. Rodriguez MSG U.S. Army Retired of Las Vegas, Nevada

"Hello, my name is Frank J.T. Rodriguez, MSG (Ret.) U.S. Army. As I'm seeing what is going on in the news and reading all that's being said, it angers me because the media and the people will never understand what we as the Military Service Member (Soldier)goes through each day, trying to deal with the loss of this Outstanding Soldier and Leader. There are only a few Great Warriors who can actually tell you what really went on that horrible day of June 08, 2004. We all have our ways of coping and dealing with this unnecessary lose of life. We had a mission to accomplish, and We did it to the best of our ability. Cpt. Khan was a Great leader and he will always be remembered as such, He is a true Warrior. I ask that Cpt. Khan be left out of any political and media focus. It affects myself and I think it affects the other Soldiers who were actually there that day. Lets not forget the Sacrifice of Cpt. Khan and the numerous Soldiers we lost that day and the Soldiers who were wounded and affected by all of this. Viper 1 November Out."
Frank T. Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Nevada

"Hello, my name is Frank J.T. Rodriguez, MSG (Ret.) U.S. Army. As I'm seeing what is going on in the news and reading all that's being said, it angers me because the media and the people will never understand what we as the Military Service Member (Soldier)goes through each day, trying to deal with the loss of this Outstanding Soldier and Leader. There are only a few Great Warriors who can actually tell you what really went on that horrible day of June 08, 2004. We all have our ways of coping and dealing with this unnecessary lose of life. We had a mission to accomplish, and We did it to the best of our ability. Cpt. Khan was a Great leader and he will always be remembered as such, He is a true Warrior. I ask that Cpt. Khan be left out of any political and media focus. It affects myself and I think it affects the other Soldiers who were actually there that day. Lets not forget the Sacrifice of Cpt. Khan and the numerous Soldiers we lost that day and the Soldiers who were wounded and affected by all of this. Viper 1 November Out."
Frank T. Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Nevada

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Khan,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your son Humayun S.M. Khan. He died a hero with no thought for himself as he tried to protect his fellow soldiers. They survived because of him. I would also like to say that he must have inherited his brave heart from your example. I, and many, many, of my friends and acquaintances are overwhelmed and grateful because of your brave and selfless efforts to save our country from the disaster of a Trump presidency. You, who understand more deeply than most Americans the fragile nature of our democracy, have done this country a great service. I pray to the one God we all worship that you find peace and grace."
Christine Ambrose of Lake Oswego, OR, USA

"I am moved to tears about the death of your son, Humayun S.M> Khan. I cannot share the depth of my sympathy in person, but know that I and all of my family stand with you. The comments of the Republican nominee for President are beyond belief in the lack of sensitivity. God save us from him as a President of the USA. If there is any good in your son's death that can even begin to make up for his loss, I hope and pray it is the "straw that broke the camel's back" that defeats the Republican nominee."
Alice of Lynwood, Illinois

"To Mr & Mrs Khan,
Am Muslim, a Kenyan. I watched all what was transporting on television.
I understand the pain of loosing a son, as Muslim we all know form our faith,
when the time come's. But for your hero son Humayun(our prayers for him) did what
he was suppose to do as an officer from my understanding.
Without being political, and unbiased having followed news of United States of America
presidential elections campaigns for long, it's the first time am see a presidential candidate
attack a fallen soldiers family. But am happy with the response of America's public both Democrats
and Republicans to Trump's rhetoric comments an honestly question his ability to lead that great nation.
please take heart. you have the support of Americans citizens from both sides."
Adhan Sugow, of Nairobi, kenya

"Trump's comments regarding the Kahn family disgusts me beyond belief!!! Lieutenant Kahn as I knew him in Vilseck, Germany was a man of courage and valor. He cared deeply about the Army and his soldiers. His death has affected many of my friends as they watched him die in the explosion. My heart goes out to his parents. I was so lucky to be pregnant with my angel Liliana and in the arms of the love of my life, Rafael when this happened otherwise I would have been there to see my friend and comrade die in vain. Yet, I have brothers in the "Big Red One" who are forever affected by this incident and it goes way beyond politics and bull * beliefs. If you have never served this country then please shut up about what you think you know, by * you have read on the internet. God Bless the Kahn family and all of my BDU family still serving!!!"
Corina Almodovar (Bevins) of Henderson, NV

"My dear Mr. and Mrs. Khan, thank you for stepping up to speak out. It is clear from reading about your son that he was not one to shirk doing the right thing, and it is clear that he learned this from his courageous, responsible parents.
My own beloved son,
SSgt Allan K. Walker, USMC was killed in Iraq just two months before Humayun was killed in the service of our country. Allan would consider Humayun to be a brother-in-arms, so he is as a son to me, as you, in the Gold Star community, are brother and sister to me. I grieve with you and salute the bravery of your rebuke to Mr. Trump's juvenile nastiness. Thank your, my fellow American patriots."
Nancy Louise Crowe Walker of Palmdale, CA

"As a former Army officer, I cannot begin to express my sadness, yet pride, in the sacrifice of your son, Humayun Khan. Please know that he did something that I can only envy; he gave his life for his fellow soldiers. There is nothing an officer can do that is more moving to me than that. I know it cannot ease your grief; nothing can. But know that my respect for you and your son cannot be any higher. You represent, truly, all that is good in America, and I am so angry that you must endure the pain all over again from lesser Americans than yourself."
Gary Frazier of Eugene, OR

"Thank you for your courage speaking up and confronting the ugliness of Mr.Trump. He is a plague on our country and the world. It shows your son's courage is a family trait. I hope you find peace knowing that your son is smiling down on you. He is so proud of his family. Please know you raised a very brave American that we ALL are vary proud to know."
Joan E Hillman of South Carolina

"This message is to the mother of Humayan Kahn.
I lost my son 20 years ago at the age of 29....He d Ifid not die for his country and to save the men in his care as your son did. If God wills that we must lose a child then let it be for something as your Humayan's was. My son died of a massive epileptic seizure and I found his body in his bed. I couldn't even donate any of his organs to make his death mean something. I felt your grief both when you didn't speak and when you later did. God took your son for a great and wonderful purpose....to save the lives of his men and it is always his will. We mothers who have lost a child grieve forever and sometimes wonder why....but you know why and in your grief can be so very proud ohis sacrifice and yours.. God bless both you and your husband and give you strength."
Marguerite Moncrieff-Buck. of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

"Separate from all the politics and yet because of all of the politics of these 2016 elections, Captain Humayun Khan has become the representative American Military Hero not only for his own people, but for the many of us throughout this country who needed to find someone who symbolizes all that is good about our Muslim brothers and sisters residing in our country and beyond. Khizr Khan has given us all this "gift" of both himself, his wife and his son, and they will forever be in our memories for their character and strength, which indeed typify all that is good in these United States of America. We can all be proud of this Family's contributions to our culture and history. They have all truly earned the right to be called "Americans" and they will all remain in our hearts and minds forever. They are indeed a part of that fabric that makes up the Stars and Stripes of the American Flag that flies over this country so proudly.

We are blessed by the Humayun Kahn Family and all that they represent."
Stephen D Beck of Los Angeles, California/USA

"I have read every message sent regarding the death of CPT Khan. After hearing his father the other night at the DNC I was totally spell bound. Often there are no words that can truly describe how you feel. I could look into CPT Khan's father's eyes and feel all of the compassion. Amen. James Thomas Horn, Retired Veteran whose dad died serving his country also. jthorn5656@gmail.com"
James Thomas Horn of Bolivia, NC

"How proud you would have been of your dad for speaking at the DNC convention. Thank you for your service to our country."
Sharon Jones of Mobile, AL

"Before the 2016 Democratic Convention, in which your parents stood proudly on the stage to recount their/your immigrant story in front of millions of Americans, I did not know you ever existed!

Your father's word to the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, i.e., "You sacrificed nothing, you gave up nothing" gripped me so ever deeply in my soul that your image is now etched in my mind and heart for eternity!

Thank you U.S. Army Captain Humayun Kahn for your selfless sacrifice to protect your soldiers and our freedom. As stated by Hillary Clinton, "You represent the best of America!" I SALUTE YOU MY BROTHER IN ARMS!"
Jaime Diego Rivera of Chicago, Illinois/United States

"Captain Khan, thank you for your sacrifice to the nation. You are my brother in arms."
SGT Charles A. Preston, U.S. Army of Charleston, South Carolina

"Thank you for your sacrifice. You and your family demonstrate all that is good about this country. As proud as your parents are of you, I am sure you would be proud of their exemplary demonstration of love of democracy in speaking up and sharing your story and values. Thank you and thank you to your family."
Beth Squiers of half moon bay, ca usa

"I knew your son when I was in 201st. He was a great leader, a great person in my eyes. My condolences on your loss, I will give my life in your defense, thank you for Humayun!"
Brian Sessums of Conroe, Texas

"I cried listening to your dad's speech last night sir. I'm sure you would have been proud. I think you for your sacrifice for our great nation. RIP sir."
Ilene of Columbus, GA

"Mr. and Mrs. Khan,
The words you spoke on Thursday, July 28, 2016 were so powerful. I am so sorry for your loss. You carry his legacy with such strength."
Patricia of AZ

"Thank you for your sacrifice. I'm so sorry for your family. I was very moved by your fathers speech!
Your memory will live on!"
Sita of Kailua, Hawaii

"Be blessed for your ultimate sacrifice. Your family made sure you will never be forgotten"
Chris of Washington DC USA

"To the Family of Humayun Khan,
My name is Elizabeth, my husband and your son worked together on Warhorse in Iraq 2004. I will never forget the day you lost your son; and words cannot express how heavy my heart feels for your loss. You see, my husband Jeremy and Khan alternated shifts that day. It is because of your sons sacrifice, that my husband is here to see our daughter turn 11. I cannot express my gratitude or my grief through words. But please know that my thoughts and my prayers are always with your family. "Never Forgotten"! With blessings of peace and love."
Elizabeth Groover of Fort Campbell, KY

"Hello. It's been little over 11 years since that day. I was at the gate when CPT Khan made the ultimate sacrifice. I only briefly talked to him as I was apart of Aco 101 MI, 1ID on my first deployment, but he was an Officer who held my respect. Sorry for your loss."
James Dawley of Milwaukee, WI

"I served with CPT Khan on camp Warhorse. I recall the morning of tragic incident. I am SGT Angela McIntyre, otherwise known as SGT MAC & I was the NCOIC of Access control. I worked closely with 1SGT Parker and SFC Rodriguez while stationed on Camp Warhorse. CPT Khan frequently spoke to me about his vision for teaching and bringing awareness to the local Iraqi nationalist. CPT Khan was always a joy to see with an amazing smile when he came on the early morning shift. His passion and natural kind spirit was very rare especially during this wartime. His words of inspiration to me will always be remember. It was a honor serving under his command & he will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to all of his family & friends."
Angela McIntyre of Newcastle, De

"I worked with CPT Khan before deployment and during deployment. He was our Shop Officer. He cared so much about his Soldiers and the mission. I remember him coming into the GSE (Ground Support Equipment) maintenance shop and speak to us and ask how we were doing during deployment on Camp War Horse, Iraq. He asked what can he do to help us. He was very caring and a "Soldiers Officer". He always wanted to understand what we were working on not just if we are done fixing the equipment. All I know is, on June 8th 2004 he went to check on his Soldiers at the gate. Even though I was not the NCOIC that day, I never had an Officer of the Guard check on the Soldiers pulling gaurd duty as much as he did. He didn't have to be there at that time, but his care for the Soldiers on duty was worth more to him than his safety. GREAT OFFICER, LEADER!

Years later in 2006, when I was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, I saw his name first out of THOUSANDS of Ordnance Soldiers who lost their lives during the war on terrorism. I don't know why I saw his name first, but I know He was there in spirit! I was so blessed to know him. I run for him every year during the "RUN for the Fallen"! I also remember his Blue BMW..He loved that car!

Sorry for your Lost. My Condolences to the family."
1SG Marie Legros of Fort Lee, Virginia

"Inna lilla hi wa inna aliahi rajioon! From god we came and to him we shall ultimately return.
May god have mercy upon his young soul
Anjham of United kingdom

"Mr. and Mrs. Kahn,
Humayun and I were in ROTC together at UVA. I met you then at the service at which I spoke for Humayun at UVA. I was Capt. Rebecca Skinner then. I'm married now, with two boys. I would love to be in touch again. I think of him often, and am thankful I knew him for the time I did. I pray for him and for your family always.
Rebecca Hoffman
Rebecca Skinner Hoffman of Great Falls, MT USA

"Rest in Peace Humayun..."
Jason of Alexandria, VA

"I sit here on the eve of my first year of law school finals. I will never forget the man who has reached through time and space to touch my life in so many ways. Humayan Khan. I served with Humayan in the 201st FSB in Vilseck, Germany many years ago. I remember when he first approached me to learn a little bit more about me, as one of the soldiers under his command. I think we wound up having some crazy conversation about philosophy or something to that effect and we instantly became good friends from that moment on. I soon realized that Humayan possessed qualities of leadership that men have written books about over the centuries. Those qualities came natural to him and they are surely missed by all who knew and loved him. I have spent many years in regret of not being able to be there the day that he was killed in Iraq. Before Humayan left for Iraq, he influenced me to take the LSAT (law school entrance exams) with him. I just wanted him to know, after all these years, that I carry him with me through law school right now. It is hard to imagine where Humayan would be right now, but, I do know that he would be doing something courageous, inspiring, and caring, because that is the man that he was and still is today, living on in the lives of others."
Christopher Davidson of Boston, MA

"To the family of:Humayun S.M.Khan
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"2-6-11"

"My name is Crystal M Neves. I had the opportunity to work with CPT Kahn on the Force Protection Team. My worst nightmare and recall of my entire deployment is the morning of June 8, 2004. I was on my way back from the main gate when all hell broke loose. I had to inform many a soldier that CPT kahn was gone from us. I still have an extremely hard time every year at the anniversary of his passing, as many of my friends know. I did not have the honor of knowing him prior to deployment, but in the short time that I fell under his command, he made me feel self-confident, able, and proud. To all of his family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss, and I also regret that it took so long to find a site in dedication to his memory. SGT Crystal M. Neves, A co 201st SPT, 1st ID"

"Well I will tell you one thing Humayun he was an outstanding officer and friend I still haven't forgot or will I ever forget him. I worked for him in 201st Shop Office for a while and became great friends but the way he was who couldn't or wanted to be his friend. I will always remember you Humayum for as long as I live. And to your Mom and Dad I am truly sorry for your loss He was an outstanding Friend, Person and Soldier!!!"
SFC Corriveau, Scott of Germany

"I am John Parker, I worked on the night shift with CPT KHAN during the rotation to Iraq. He always told me he wanted to check the day time operations out. Your son and my boss was an outstanding man with an vison to provide a safe and stable enviroment for the peoples. I have tried over and over again to get over the loss of our good friend. To the parents of CPT KAHN, I would like to say he was one of the greatest officer that I have worked for. I can remember him calling me all through the night VIPER 2A whats your location. What would I give to hear that from him. MR. AND MRS.KHAN my thoughtful prayers goes out to you and your family. He is missed and always will be."

"June 15, 2008
To the family of Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan:
Humayun gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all.'
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Like I have so often before, I come to this web page to read and think about June 8th 2004. The events of that morning play through my mind over and over again. I had known CPT Khan for a brief 10 minutes as myself, SFC Rodriquez, and two of my soldiers were talking as the Iraqi workers assigned to my unit were coming through the gate. I saw the car sitting there on the road as I turned to walk away but didn't give it much thought. In the next instant I was face first on the ground showered by rocks and gravel. In the following confusion and chaos SFC Rodriquez stumbled out of the dust wounded and I pulled out a bandage for his neck and tried to help him as he called for help on the radio. Myself and another soldier rushed to CPT Khan but there was nothing we could do for him. We all did our best to help the wounded Iraqi workers and soldiers. I remember a young PFC that had taken a piece of shrapnel through his teeth helping me pull security. I asked him if he was okay and he told me "Sarge once everything is secure I'll get looked at." I can only echo what SFC Rodriquez has said what could any of us done differently. I did see the car but didn't say anything. I didn't realize it was a threat. I knew CPT Khan briefly but our lives will forever be linked. I am sorry for your loss."
SSG Maurice Jasmann of Co C 141 Engineers Task Force Trailblazers

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Khan,
I am writing you today on behalf of myself and my family. I want to send you my deepest condolences for your loss, our prayers are always with you all. I was stationed with your son CPT Humayun, Khan in Germany and while in Iraq as his Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of force protection. I was also injured in the same incident the day your son gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country doing the thing he knew and loved the most. I am proud to have served with him, and I want to say that he was a fine Officer and Friend. He has taught me a lot during our time working together in Iraq; we got somewhat close during the short time there. I knew him as the Officer in Charge of Maintenance while assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, 201st Forward Support Battalion, Germany. He knew his job and did it well, always following up on the statuses of work being done on all vehicle maintenance within the Infantry Battalions on post. There are so many things I can say about your son, and I always keep all of you and Humayun in my prayers and thoughts. I cannot forget nor will I forget Humayun. I have been trying deal and cope with your loss since June 8, 2004. And everyday that passes it gets harder and harder to deal with.
Humayun was always trying to make a difference in everything he did and the people that he had close contact with. Most of all he made a difference and touched many Iraqi Nationals lives, we implemented an Iraqi work program to hire hundreds of Local Nationals to work on the base camp and earn a decent wage and to learn to work hand in hand with American Soldiers, sharing our different values and beliefs but mostly sharing cultures, he was all about caring for others. He would always be interacting with the different tribe leaders ensuring that we have a good working relation winning the hearts and minds of all Iraqi citizens in the area we were operating out of. He was always improving on base camp security to ensure that the Soldiers as well as the Army Leadership were safe at night when they laid their heads down to sleep. He was put in a position that demanded a lot of personal time and dedication, and he did his best to ensure that no task or job went unfinished. Before turning over his shift every evening he would always conduct a proper relief to ensure the oncoming personnel were fully informed on the events that took place throughout the day, and no matter what was going on he would always find the time to give advice or listen to Soldiers who had problems, helping them thru their personal and professional issues. That was a quality that he possessed and I admired him for that. I truly miss him, and I constantly think about him and the ones he loved and left behind. Humayun would always try and make the Soldiers laugh with jokes that he told, but some of us would never get the punch line and he would continue to tell his jokes, he was such a funny man.
I cannot turn back the hands of time and redo the past, and if I could, I would. I often think of the things that I, as the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge, could I have done anything different? Could I have prevented that tragic day? Was I doing everything in my power to ensure we were safe? I was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for my actions and injuries received in a combat zone, and I’d give them back to have Humayun back in our lives. He was a man of honor and respect and that’s all he ever did, he respected other Soldiers as well as his friends. Medals have no meaning, only the friendship that he and I shared. All Humayun wanted to do was to see how I conducted morning operations, to see if we could improve on how we let the workers in the gate because the he was concerned for the safety of all who entered the base camp and also to greet the Iraqi Nationals as they entered the base camp for work.
If there is anything that myself and my family can do please don’t hesitate to ask. Humayun was a friend, and I think he would have wanted me to take care of you in any way. My address is 2540 Waianae Uka Ave., Wahiawa, Hawaii, 96786. My phone numbers are (808)489-9492 home, (808)343-4326 cell. Again I want to give you my deepest condolences, my prayers are with you all."
MSG Frank T. Rodriguez of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, USA

"To the family and loved ones of CPT Khan, I had the opportunity of serving as one of the senior NCOs in his platoon when he was assigned as a Tank Platoon Leader. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as well as my condolences at your loss. Never was there a more loyal and dedicated soldier and leader. CPT Khan cared deeply for the troops under his command and always accomplished his mission. He is an example of what every soldier and leader can aspire to be. CPT Khan, you are sorely missed."
SSG M (Now WO-1 K) of Fort Rucker, Alabama

"CPT Khan is my dearest unmet brother. Being the second Pakistani to have graduated from the University of Virginia's Army ROTC program, I can only hope to emulate his standards. Inshallah I will see you in Heaven, but not before I carry out the same duties you did so honorably. Inna lillah hai wa inna ilay hai raaji'oon. Rest in peace, Sir. Bhai Jaan."
2LT Ubaid ul-Haq of 343rd Medical Company, Richmond, VA

"Thank you for saving my life. If it wasn't for you I would have very probably died from the explosion. It was an honor serving with you."
SPC Christopher George of Vilseck Germany

"To Anyone Who made read this:
I knew CPT Khan for only 18 short months. In that time I got to know him very well. I could always talk to him about ANYTHING! He was close enough to me to be called my "uncle". When I worked for him in Shop Office, he told me that he would be leaving us to go into FPOC. I said to him " Sir, don't leave me, take me with you! I can NOT do Iraq without you!" He said that he would try. He did. He always made sure that I was well taken care of when I did have guard duty, and kept me out of trouble. He was BY FAR, one of the most respected men in my life. An excellent leader and confidant. The day he died, I had to help clean up some of the remains. That was the worst day of my life. I dreampt one night of him. We argued that he wasn't really there. In my dream, he said to me, " You said you couldn't do Iraq without me. So, here I am." Needless to say, I woke up crying. I always felt like he was watching over me still. I miss him incredibly! And think of him and his loved ones often. I even got a tattoo in his rememberence. It says "UNFORGOTTEN". I guess the moral of all this is that, CPT HUMAYAN KHAN WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!"
Laci Walker of Fort Benning, GA

"From our military family, Vietnam Veteran, our son in law and daughter veterans of OEF, OIF and OEF respectively, we wish to express our regrets at the loss of Captain Khan.
Our prayers are with you, his family and for all of our Troops who have gone before us and those still in harms way, fighting for our freedom and that of so many people.
I am the Army Family Finder for Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts.us)and I need Capt Khan's parents to contact me or go to our website and register for your quilt.
Patricia of Benton,Mo

"Humayun Khan or just Khan, that is what we called him at the officer basic course in Fort Knox Kentucky, was my best friend while we were in school. He was smart, funny, and fun to be around. Although we did not talk much after the Army took us to different parts of the world I thought of him and our friendship often. I still have photos of our time spent at Fort Knox and I miss him very much. He was a great person and the memories I have of him and the time we spent at Fort Knox will stay with me forever. Although I will never be able to talk to or see him again I will never forget him or the great friend he was and I will always visit him when I'm in VA. If you knew him and would like to talk about him and remember him email me at ltmangi@aol.com"
Tom Mangiamele of Mattituck, NY

"CPT Kahn I only knew you a short time and it was hard to see you die but you are a great man and will be missed."
Sgt Maurice Jasmann of Co C 141 ECB Bismarck ND

"On this upcoming one year anniversary of your passing...I just want you to know you'll never be forgotten. I still remember you and how you were at graduation...so happy and so carefree. It is an honor having known you. You were my best friend and I will end this message with the same words I said to you the last time we met..."I love you man...you take good care of yourself.""
Ricky from UVA Norris House

"Deepest sympathies to the family of Captain Khan and all who knew him. Never had the priveledge of meeting him, but will recall his sacifice always."
S. Hamid, Major USAR of NJ, USA

"Hallo Irene,
ich habe über deine Geschichte im Focus gelesen. Das alles macht mich sehr traurig!! Ich wollte Dir nur sagen, dass ich Dir alles alles erdenkliche Gute und Beste wünsche und dass Du wieder Freude am Leben gewinnst und wieder glücklich wirst. Es ist leichter gesagt als getan und ich kann warscheinlich auch nicht im geringsten nachempfinden wie schlimm das für dich ist, aber ich hoffe wirklich das beste für dich. An einem Denkmal habe ich mal ein Gedicht gelesen: "Wer in Gedanken seiner Lieben weiter lebt, der ist nicht tot, der ist nur fern. Tot nur ist, wer vergessen wird..."
Viel Glück!!!!"
Sabine of Wiesbaden, Germany

"Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. I knew Humayun at UVa and remember him as a very kind-hearted and soft-spoken individual. He was a model student and a model human being."
Wali Sulaiman of Vienna, Virginia

"As I read in our local German newspaper
about the death of Captain Humayun S. M. Khan
I searched the internet and found this webpage.
Please accept my sincere condolence.
May God strengthen you from knowing that also German people participate on the loss of your loved one. God bless you all!"
Willie Ertl of Vilseck, Germany

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky, "In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels". God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Im 14 years old and knew Khan in the years he attended UVa. I will never forget everything he tought me and always remember him as the greatest role model a young man could wish for. RIP Norris 7"
Hal of Charlottesville, VA

"Cpt Khan is not just a hero but also an immortal symbol of American Muslims' loyalty to their country, USA."
Tassie of Pleasanton, California

Keep up the fight on your end my brother, I'll always remember you as Bandit Blue 6, thanks for what you taught me."
LT Kaser of Fob Scunion, Iraq

"Captain Khan, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Humayun's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Humayun. He was a cheerful man I had the pleasure of knowing at UVa. It is very painful to imagine how soon the tender candle of his life was extinguished. I will rememberhim for his cheerful smile, for his dedication, for his sense of humor. May God grant you patience."
Nizam Missaghi of Charlottesville, VA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Humayun, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Hamayun's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"I consider it a great honor to have had an American hero like Humayun call me his friend. There is no way to earn the life he and men like him have given me. Instead I will try to live a life of service, always remembering Khan, who allowed me to do so."
CPT Jeremy Vigna of HHC, 11th AVN, Illesheim, Germany

"Thank you Humayun M. Khan, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. Humayun M. Khan:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Humayun for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. Humayun M. Khan:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Humayun, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on