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51. Bio on Cpl. Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 06:47 PM by RamboLiberal
Birth: Feb. 12, 1987
Death: Aug. 6, 2007, Iraq

Spc. Kareem R. Khan of Manahawkin, N.J. enlisted July 21, 2005 right after graduating from Southern Regional High School. As a freshman at Southern Regional High School, Khan enrolled in the district's Air Force Junior ROTC program. During his one year in the program, he proved himself to be solid student and citizen. He wanted to show that not every Muslim was a fanatic and that some would risk their lives for America. Though his father "spoiled him rotten," Kareem was always a polite teenager, who respected his elders. His father's favorite memory is when Kareem used to wake up at 5 a.m. on weekends to accompany his dad at work at a local marina. He loved to watch football with his dad, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys during Sunday afternoon or Monday night games, while munching on popcorn. He also used to challenge his little stepsister to video games. The two would spend hours sprawled out on the living room floor and sometimes Kareem would try to show her how to do certain moves, and ended up taking over the controller. Aliya looked up to her stepbrother and she was proud when he came with her to school and talked to her class at Southern Regional Intermediate School during his leave. Later, he came with her to the school book fair. The family used to send two large bags of Starbursts in his care packages, because Kareem would pick out all the orange ones and leave the rest for his Army buddies. He was also a big fan of Disneyworld, as was the entire family. The family would take at least one trip to Disneyworld every year, and the living room and dining room of the family's split-level home is filled with souvenirs from those trips, like a wall hanging of Cinderella, figurines of Mickey Mouse and Disney-themed snow globes. Kareem was so crazy about Disneyworld that when he had a two-day leave following his graduation from Fort Benning, Ga., he had a backpack full of clothes stashed in the bush, so the family could immediately drive to Florida. Khan was sent to Iraq in July 2006, after spending a year at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash. He came home for two weeks in September 2006 and was supposed to be home permanently last month, but his tour was extended through the end of September 2007. At the end of his tour, Kareem was considering re-enlisting or going to medical school. He worked with a medic unit when he first got to Iraq. When he came home to visit, he was happy to stay at home, even asking his mother, who lives in Maryland, to come up to New Jersey to visit. He had been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries from previous combat. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal. His family received a purple heart, a bronze star, and a good conduct medal he received during his tour of duty. He died in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device at age 20.

1st Battalion
23rd Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Fort Lewis, Wash.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Sounds like a typical good American young man and family.

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  -Here is the photo Colin Powell was referring to on Meet the Press Cali_Democrat  Oct-19-08 10:44 AM   #0 
  - K&R  crazylikafox   Oct-19-08 10:45 AM   #1 
  - Beautiful and devastating.  polichick   Oct-19-08 10:45 AM   #2 
  - Thank you...  ImForGore   Oct-19-08 11:51 PM   #74 
     - BTW, that Nat Geographic photo is a guy n/t  jlacivita   Oct-20-08 04:26 PM   #98 
        - Oh for fuck sake.  Bunny   Oct-20-08 05:26 PM   #104 
  - Thank you for posting it  DesertedRose   Oct-19-08 10:45 AM   #3 
  - That's beautiful and oh so sad. nt  babylonsister   Oct-19-08 10:45 AM   #4 
  - Oh my.  gratefultobelib   Oct-19-08 10:46 AM   #5 
  - I teared up  yasmina27   Oct-19-08 10:48 AM   #6 
  - I thought 'I" was odd for getting choked up at the story. (n/t)  DaDeacon   Oct-20-08 08:34 AM   #88 
  - He was only 20  lizzieforkerry   Oct-19-08 10:49 AM   #7 
  - ...some photos of Spc. Kareem R. Khan  liberalla   Oct-20-08 06:41 AM   #83 
     - where Republicans dare not go  Supersedeas   Oct-20-08 03:31 PM   #96 
     - I'd love to have an avatar of him holding the kitten..  Tallison   Oct-20-08 06:20 PM   #106 
  - This was is Just. SO. Fucked.  calimary   Oct-19-08 10:51 AM   #8 
  - What a awful burden to bear.  progressoid   Oct-19-08 10:54 AM   #9 
  - a Highest Honored Arab American - Thank you Corporal Khan  asSEENonTV   Oct-19-08 10:55 AM   #10 
  - tears.  BklynChick   Oct-19-08 10:55 AM   #11 
  - Heartbreaking. n/t  myrna minx   Oct-19-08 10:56 AM   #12 
  - THIS HITS YOU IN THE HEART  uponit7771   Oct-19-08 10:57 AM   #13 
  - ...  Chorophyll   Oct-19-08 10:58 AM   #14 
  - make this photo even more famous, folks... powell just handed us a wonderful gift  Essene   Oct-19-08 11:00 AM   #15 
  - "let's make this guy's memory more important than joe the plumber"  Cali_Democrat   Oct-19-08 11:04 AM   #16 
  - And another amen to your amen.  Left Is Write   Oct-19-08 12:29 PM   #37 
  - Exactly! How can we do that? Let's all try, OK? With six degrees of separation..somebody's got  DrZeeLit   Oct-19-08 04:50 PM   #43 
  - Amen  npincus   Oct-19-08 06:58 PM   #56 
  - her name is Nisha  riverwalker   Oct-19-08 11:06 AM   #17 
  - Thank you so much for that  Cali_Democrat   Oct-19-08 11:29 AM   #21 
  - Again, thank you so much for that link to the guest book  Cali_Democrat   Oct-20-08 03:56 AM   #79 
  - For Kareem and every soldier killed in Iraq.  ProSense   Oct-19-08 11:14 AM   #18 
  - Beautiful point made by Powell-best part of a good endorsement.  tpi10d   Oct-19-08 11:23 AM   #19 
  - He was right, yet, MSM failed to call out grummpy  bluedawg12   Oct-19-08 11:28 AM   #20 
  - Powell gave a beautiful endorsement this morning. Very touching.  malik flavors   Oct-19-08 11:30 AM   #22 
  - So sad..liemcbush war  zidzi   Oct-19-08 11:30 AM   #23 
  - k&r  quantass   Oct-19-08 11:35 AM   #24 
  - I can't imagine what his parents are going through right now.  Chloroplast   Oct-19-08 11:35 AM   #25 
  - Possibly something akin to what black athletes went through coming home...  BlooInBloo   Oct-19-08 11:37 AM   #26 
  - I think WWII and minority soldiars would be applicable here  MadMaddie   Oct-19-08 08:42 PM   #63 
  - Agreed.  pinstikfartherin   Oct-20-08 09:09 AM   #89 
  - thanks  grantcart   Oct-19-08 11:40 AM   #27 
  - This kid deserves as much coverage as Joe the Plumber. nt  Quixote1818   Oct-19-08 11:40 AM   # 
  - One can only hope that the Corporate Media will do the right thing.  Cali_Democrat   Oct-19-08 12:08 PM   #31 
  - Thank you, K&R  TragedyandHope   Oct-19-08 11:40 AM   #28 
  - Watch "Section 60" on HBO.  Are_grits_groceries   Oct-19-08 11:44 AM   #29 
  - Thanks  Cali_Democrat   Oct-19-08 05:54 PM   #49 
  - My goodness this is truly a picture that will stand in the time of history  bigdarryl   Oct-19-08 11:47 AM   #30 
  - oh! that is heartbreaking  JitterbugPerfume   Oct-19-08 12:11 PM   #32 
  - This is the face of the Real America that Karl Rove has defaced for 8 years !!!  Ragazz68   Oct-19-08 12:17 PM   #33 
  - What a powerful image.  Lubernaut   Oct-19-08 12:17 PM   #34 
  - Oh my! Americans give every thing for their country, even when it's not appreciated  Heather MC   Oct-19-08 12:19 PM   #35 
  - Okay, that didn't just make me misty.  Left Is Write   Oct-19-08 12:28 PM   #36 
  - Words could not say more  Danascot   Oct-19-08 12:50 PM   #38 
  - ...  Hand   Oct-19-08 04:10 PM   #39 
  - I'll bet the Reich-Wing will call this picture a fake.  amb123   Oct-19-08 04:17 PM   #40 
  - Remember: Those WMD's weren't under Bush's desk.  WinkyDink   Oct-19-08 04:20 PM   #41 
  - Now that is a real American  galaxy21   Oct-19-08 04:23 PM   #42 
  - Sorrow and Pain.  Kajsa   Oct-19-08 05:08 PM   #44 
  - Thanks for posting  proud patriot   Oct-19-08 05:10 PM   #45 
  - ok, I'm cryin' - nt  crankychatter   Oct-19-08 05:10 PM   #46 
  - *sniff*  krispos42   Oct-19-08 05:21 PM   #47 
  - 20 years young  Iwillnevergiveup   Oct-19-08 05:53 PM   #48 
  - oh sweet Jesus. I am in tears. there but the grace of God go I with  roguevalley   Oct-19-08 06:35 PM   #50 
     - Rips this ol' 60s HippieChick's heart right out. Just like 'Nam. For what? For what? God, help us.  1Hippiechick   Oct-19-08 07:31 PM   #58 
  - Bio on Cpl. Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan  RamboLiberal   Oct-19-08 06:46 PM   #51 
  - An All-American family indeed  Cali_Democrat   Oct-19-08 08:13 PM   #61 
  - Another senseless loss....  HannnaH   Oct-21-08 12:33 PM   #110 
  - Heartbreaking. Wow.  Shine   Oct-19-08 06:49 PM   #52 
  - K&R. Her face... sigh.  mb7588a   Oct-19-08 06:55 PM   #53 
  - K&R  invictus   Oct-19-08 06:55 PM   #54 
  - none of this had to be... B*sh needs to get his... please  npincus   Oct-19-08 06:56 PM   #55 
  - one more kick. in case someone missed this..  BrklynLiberal   Oct-19-08 07:26 PM   #57 
  - no words  NatBurner   Oct-19-08 07:39 PM   #59 
  - Unbelievably powerful photograph. It's got this old vet with tears  JimWis   Oct-19-08 07:45 PM   #60 
  - I was in tears as he was talking about it this morning.  Jennicut   Oct-19-08 08:15 PM   #62 
  - Salaam alaikum Kareem. (nt)  SunDrop23   Oct-19-08 08:54 PM   #64 
  - I have been saying for months that Obama is not a Muslim, but if he  MasonJar   Oct-19-08 08:55 PM   # 
  - McCain can only dream of being a tenth of the hero this brave young man was  FKA MNChimpH8R   Oct-19-08 08:55 PM   #65 
  - I can hear them now..."She's pimping out her son..."  SunDrop23   Oct-19-08 09:10 PM   #66 
  - wrenching  ailsagirl   Oct-19-08 09:28 PM   #67 
  - Ok, someone has to say it  MissDeeds   Oct-19-08 09:29 PM   #68 
  - And thank you for saying it  dflprincess   Oct-19-08 10:32 PM   #71 
  - I'm sure not forgetting it. For powell to use this soldier's name is infuriating.  Zhade   Oct-20-08 12:45 AM   #78 
  - No time for hate . . . . .  kmac3   Oct-20-08 05:09 PM   #101 
     - You are seriously mistaken  MissDeeds   Oct-20-08 08:45 PM   #109 
  - Thank you  gal   Oct-19-08 09:33 PM   #69 
  - Heart breaking.  CADEMOCRAT7   Oct-19-08 09:36 PM   #70 
  - very much apreciated. what a photo! and a message!  Bushies gotta go   Oct-19-08 10:35 PM   #72 
  - "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it..."  MagicKenny   Oct-19-08 11:16 PM   #73 
  - I'm in tears over this photo... may I ask a question please...  Azlady   Oct-20-08 12:10 AM   #75 
  - Here are Colin Powell's comments on this photo...  Cali_Democrat   Oct-20-08 12:38 AM   #76 
     - This text and the OP photo should be posted and emailed everywhere.  alphafemale   Oct-20-08 06:11 AM   #81 
     - Thank you so much for the text of Colin Powells comment ...  Azlady   Oct-20-08 08:28 AM   #87 
  - Is that the Muslim soldier powell helped put in his grave?  Zhade   Oct-20-08 12:43 AM   #77 
  - Will you please leave this fucking dead horse alone already?  Tarc   Oct-20-08 06:24 AM   #82 
  - Powell was not a dupee, he was one of the dupers.  notalemming   Oct-20-08 01:23 PM   #95 
     - I'm sorry you're so deluded, then  Tarc   Oct-20-08 04:07 PM   #97 
        - Well that's a hell of a lot better than crazier than a shithouse rat.  notalemming   Oct-20-08 04:37 PM   #100 
  - Just one of many.  spoony   Oct-20-08 04:29 PM   #99 
  - But, but I thought all Arabs are terrorists who want to destroy the U.S.  bulloney   Oct-20-08 05:11 AM   #80 
  - Damn. That just rips my heart out.  five_horizons   Oct-20-08 06:52 AM   #84 
  - A side benefit to Cheney and the Pentagon for their arranged blackout  higher class   Oct-20-08 08:10 AM   #85 
  - So very sad..............  Lastlaughin08   Oct-20-08 08:26 AM   #86 
  - K & R  catgirl   Oct-20-08 09:12 AM   #90 
  - I WAS SO DAMN GLAD POWELL SAID WHAT HE SAID.  Erin Elizabeth   Oct-20-08 09:22 AM   #91 
  - An interesting piece  BritishHuman   Oct-20-08 12:39 PM   #94 
     - OMG that is a fantastic idea! Posting that as an OP:  Erin Elizabeth   Oct-20-08 08:41 PM   #108 
  - Damn. What a God-awful piece of business.  DinahMoeHum   Oct-20-08 09:27 AM   #92 
  - My heart is breaking  Mad_Dem_X   Oct-20-08 10:29 AM   #93 
  - Thank you for posting this picture  yellowdogdemocrat2   Oct-20-08 05:11 PM   #102 
  - this is powerful  newyorklenny   Oct-20-08 05:20 PM   #103 
  - While listening to this song today  elizfeelinggreat   Oct-20-08 06:13 PM   #105 
  - Beautiful. nt  thecatburgler   Oct-20-08 08:24 PM   #107 
  - Photograph  ternahan   Oct-21-08 02:48 PM   #111 

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