Capt Mohsin Naqvi

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Captain Naqvi died in Afghanistan on September 17 2008 just three months after he married his wife, Raazia, and was given a funeral in the same mosque.
He was laid to rest in the Al-Fatemah Islamic Center in Colonie, NY, in a mixture of military funeral and traditional Muslim service.
Army officers stood in their socks with their heads hanging as the crowd repeated: 'Allah Akbar'.
Combat casualty: Capt Mohsin Naqvi had enlisted after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan +13
Combat casualty: Capt Mohsin Naqvi had enlisted after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan
Afterwards Captain Naqvi was buried with full military honors at Evergreen Memorial Park.
Standing by his son's grave, Captain Naqvi's father Nazar said: 'He gave the ultimate sacrifice - his life - just for America.'
He also said: 'First he was American. Then he was Muslim.'
Captain Naqvi, 42, who was born in Pakistan, had served with the 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, based out of Fort Benning, Georgia
He died along with three other soldiers in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan, when an explosive device blew up near their vehicle and caused it to overturn. According to reports his family had moved to America when he was eight.
He signed up for the military four days after the 9/11 attacks to improve relations between the US and the rest of the world.
He fought during the Iraq War and re-enlisted for a tour of Afghanistan - and was deployed the day after his wedding.
Captain Naqvi was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with valor, which were given to his widow.
At his grave Captain Naqvi's father lashed out at the portrayal of Muslims after the 9/11 attacks.
He said: 'Why are we Muslims being blamed for something done by 19 people? Why? Why is that? We are patriotic Americans'.

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