Post office renamed in honor of fallen Army captain

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) — The post office on McCormick Road at the University of Virginia will be dedicated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan, a University of Virginia graduate killed during the War in Iraq.

President Donald Trump signed the legislation late Friday, which was introduced by Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett.

Khan was killed in action on June 8, 2004, by an improvised explosive device outside of his base in Baqubah, Iraq.

His efforts that morning saved the lives of more than 100 soldiers.

“Captain Khan is revered not only in Charlottesville, but across the nation,” Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said in a joint statement. “With the dedication of this post office, we’re showing the Khan family that we’re forever grateful for his service and sacrifice for our country.”

Khan became known internationally when his father, Khizr Khan, spoke out against Trump's rhetoric during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Garrett also introduced legislation to rename the post office in Palmyra in honor of fallen Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, who was killed in the U.S.S. Fitzgerald crash in 2017.

Ceremonies for both are being planned in the future.