ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Capt. Humayun Khan – a US soldier who died fending off a suicide bomber in 2004 – has become an unlikely player in the 2016 election. He was mentioned multiple times during tonight’s second presidential debate. Here’s more information to know about him.

He came to America when he was 2 years old: The Khan family is of Pakistani descent. However, Humayun Khan was born in the United Arab Emirates.

He served as a U.S. army captain in Iraq: After graduating from the University of Virginia, Humayun Khan was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the U.S. Army’s 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. He achieved the rank of Captain during his four years of service, from 2000 to 2004.

He was only 27 years old when he died: That day, Captain Humayun Khan became the first UVA graduate to die in combat since the Vietnam War.

He was posthumously awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star: Hillary Clinton stated in her introduction of his parents are the Democratic National Convention: “If you want to see the best of America, you need look no further than Army Captain Humayan Khan.”


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