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Thursday March 23, 2017
Cover Theme: South Asians In the U.S. Military
Saving The Whole World!
Vol: 1 Num: 2    Spring 2006
Third generation military man and the only son of an Indian Army Colonel, this young sikh was the first desi to fall in Iraq.

"Hey everybody... I’m in Kuwait right now just waiting till I head on to Iraq… Just wanted to drop in a word… You all have fun and take care while I go save the whole world...", this is what Uday Singh wrote in his last email to his parents. He gave his life for his beliefs.

A third generation military man, 21 year old Army Specialist Uday Singh was the first South Asian to die in Iraq. He was in the lead Humvee of a three-vehicle routine patrol when it was ambushed in Habbinayah, 65 miles west of Baghdad on Dec 1, 2003. He later succumbed to injuries on the way to a hospital.

His story of joining the U.S. army also parallels others, as Major Harp Bains said, "He reminded me of myself. He was of the same age when I joined the army".

Singh immigrated in 2000 after completing Class XII from St. Stephens School, Chandigarh. He wanted to get citizenship and according to his uncle, enlisted in the army in August 2000 when he learnt that process is shorter for service men.

After enlistment, Singh went to Fort Knox, Kentucky for a 16 weeks boot-camp before getting stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Army promises its young recruits opportunity to get education and Singh too made use of it. From the summer of 2001 to the spring of 2003, he was a student of Barton County Community College completing 39 credits with a 3.77 GPA.

His education was cut short when his unit was deployed in February, 2003. He was assigned as armor crewmen and was first deployed in Kuwait before going to Iraq in September.

Singh answered the call of duty for his adopted nation and his parents paid the ultimate price when they lost their only son. His mother told PTI, "He used to call me and tell me how the life in army was so difficult. Uday wrote me that he used to give orders to servants at home, but now was getting used to being shouted at."

The army did not forget the sacrifices. Major Bains said, "I was really happy to see that our two star general went to his house in Chandigarh to present a little memento and to say thanks for his service."

The U.S Army held a funeral service as his body was cremated in Chandigarh, first time a foreign army held such a ceremony in India. An urn containing his remains was buried in Arlington Cemetery with full military honor. He was honored by a Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart and was posthumously awarded U.S. citizenship. The Barton County Community College too presented him the first honorary degree posthumously.

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