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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Fifth District Congressman Proposes Legislation to Honor Captain Khan, Seaman Rigsby

July 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Tom Garrett (VA-05), a U.S. Army Veteran, introduced two separate pieces of legislation aimed at honoring two fallen military heroes from the Fifth District.

Navy gunner’s mate Dakota Rigsby was one of seven sailors who recently died aboard the USS Fitzgerald on June 17th after a container ship collided with an American destroyer off the coast of Japan. The 19-year-old was a volunteer firefighter from Palmyra, Virginia and graduated from Fluvanna County High School in 2015. He enlisted in February of 2016 and reported for duty aboard the USS Fitzgerald in November. Seaman Rigsby’s family approved the measure seeking to rename the U.S. Post Office located in Palmyra, Virginia in his honor.

Captain Humayun Khan was an American soldier in the United States Army who was killed on June 8, 2004. One hundred and twenty days into his tour in Iraq, Khan was inspecting a guard post near Baqubah when a taxicab began approaching quickly. Ordering his subordinates away, Khan ran toward the vehicle and was killed when the bomb with which it was fitted exploded. Captain Khan was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Born in the United Arab Emirates to Pakistani parents, Capt. Khan moved to the United States with his family as a young boy. He attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Upon graduating in 2000, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army and deployed as a captain to Iraq during the Iraq War. In 2004, Khan was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany. The University of Virginia and Captain Khan’s parents have both agreed to the renaming of the UVA U.S. Post Office in his honor.

Upon introduction of these bills, Rep. Garrett issued the following statement:

"Today we honor two brave American patriots who sacrificed everything serving the country they loved. Shining light upon their heroic efforts pales in comparison to the respect and admiration they deserve, but I hope this will serve as a tribute to their memory, and to remind everyone of our selfless service men and women who put on this nation's cloth everyday to defend our nation."

Both of the post offices are currently nameless.