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We remember all those who have given their lives since the revolutionary war serving alongside their fellow Americans.  Our prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones.  Read more about those who gave their lives by clicking the links below.


I – Arab American US Army Specialist David Roustum – Iraq 2004

Soldier Who Refused to Go to Syria Killed

WEST SENECA, N.Y. - When a call to active duty interrupted National Guard Spc. David Roustum's final semester in college, his Syrian-born father suggested he could avoid combat by going to Syria .

"I would send you," the father offered.

"Dad, I would never do that. This is my country and I will do whatever it takes," was Roustum's reply, his now-grieving father recalled Monday after learning Roustum had been killed in Baghdad . "That tells you the kind of person he was."


II – Muslim US Army Captain Humayun Khan – Iraq 2004

U.S. Muslim Soldier Dies Trying to Stop Suicide Bomber

Friday, June 11 2004 @ 07:54 AM HST
Submitted by: American Muslim Armed Forces And Veteran Affairs Council via Sgt Richard L. Dixon, USA (veteran)

His family says Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim and an American, loved his country and the military. He also believed strongly that peace would be the ultimate outcome of the war in Iraq .  Khan did not live to see that outcome.


III- Arab American of Iraqi Descent & Arabic Translator Emad Mikha – Iraq 2004

Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Emad Mikha, Sterling Heights: Translator killed working in Iraq

By George Hunter / The Detroit News
Emad Mikha’s family left Iraq when he was 11 to escape the Baath party’s persecution, but he never forgot his roots.


When the U.S. Department of Defense put out the call last year for Arabic-speaking Americans to become interpreters in Iraq, Mr. Mikha answered, taking a position as a civilian translator for the U.S. Army.  “It was always his dream to help the people of Iraq,” said his wife, Rita. “He wanted to help bring the Iraqi people and Americans together. He wanted to make a difference over there.”


IV -  1st Arab American to give his life for America -  Private Nathan Badeen
Badeen listed as his place of birth "Lavan" which was the old Turkish name for what is today modern Syria, which was controlled by the Turks in those days. Private Badeen, went on to fight for his new country as a member of this new Regiment until on or about May 26, 1776, it was
reported by his Commanding Officer, Captain Abraham Tyler, that he died in the service of his country while posted at Fort George near Boston.




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