Saturday, August 27, 2011

Omead H. Razani, Army, Specialist -- Rest In Peace

Omead H. Razani, 19

Army, Specialist
Based: Camp Greaves, South Korea
1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: August 27, 2004
Habbaniya, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Los Angeles

For Omead
December 18, 1984 - August 27, 2004

Your presence matters.

Omead's spiritual inclination
On the other hand, I don't want to wallow in vengeance and blame. If only because I don't want to give stupid people in power in the world any more attention or credit. Don't want to reward pettiness and bad judgment.

I just want to meditate on Omead. He was spiritually inclined himself. I wonder what he would have been like here, now. What he would have thought at his own funeral. All those people there.

And I don't want to see him as a victim. Nobody made him join the Army. He really wanted to go. And he wanted the danger. He preferred line medic over anything else. He was fearless, it turns out. Despite all our families sheltering, low risk ways. He would have none of that. Perhaps one way or another, he would have made his exit to a higher plane. And I'm not kidding about that spiritual element. He was very non-attached in a Zen way. We would tease him about reading his "bliss quotes". And he just had that smile.
Read more about Omead H. Razani written by his cousin here, and more here.

Omead H. Razani and Haji AqA (grandfather) on the Merry-go-round in happier days.

We share the sorrow of his family for such a great loss. We pray for the comfort of his soul.
— Ershaghi
May 26, 2008 at 7:56 a.m.
Omead was hilarious. I remember him being quiet, which is what made the crazy things he said even funnier. All of his friends were destroyed by the news and we were all there wishing to hear his voice again.
— Harrison Coltun
December 15, 2008 at 4:27 p.m.
Its so crazy to hear that a Razani has died in the war, someone who I've never met... I am also a Razani and I am deploying to afghanistan. I hope Omead's family has coped with his loss peacefully, and hopefully I will be able to come back in one piece myself.
— Adam
January 10, 2011 at 8:18 p.m.
I went to middle school with Omead - he loved Nirvana, and would play their songs skillfully, including once at our talent show.
It's stunning to think that he is gone forever, because he was always playful, and still young. What a cruel world we live in.
— Amar Rao
June 26, 2011 at 5:11 a.m.

Army Specialist Omead H. Razani previously remembered here on Friday, August 27, 2010

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