Texas A&M grad, former special forces soldier, goes viral in humanitarian aid photo

“I love the Iraqi people,” he says, “They keep growing on me.”
Updated 4:21 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017

A Texas A&M graduate and former special forces soldier has been seen by millions after a photo of his humanitarian efforts went viral. 

David Eubank works with the Free Burma Rangers, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to people in conflict zones. Eubank has spent the past nine months in Mosul, Iraq, and came back to the United States four days ago.

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Eubank was featured on CNN for his efforts to save the Iraqi people and has since been featured in numerous media outlets. 

“That was just one of the many things that happened to us that was captured on video,”Eubank told Chron.com. “We’ve had many, many days that were similar to that where ISIS was killing civilians.” 

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Recently, the Islamic State blew up a 12th century al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, the Associated Press reports. The group has been fighting with Iraqi special forces in the city.

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“I’ve already been shot and have lost so many friends,” Eubank said. “But I love the Iraqi people, they keep growing on me.” 

Eubank said Iraqis are warm, welcoming people. He said he’s always wanted to be a humanitarian after leaving the military. 

Eubank said he was born in Texas but grew up in Thailand with his parents, who did missionary work. He attended Texas A&M from 1979 to 1983. He then joined the military, first as an infantry officer and then as a ranger. From 1989 to 1992, he served in the special forces. After the military, Eubank attended seminary in Pasadena, California. 

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 People from Burma traveled to Thailand and contacted Eubank’s parents, seeking humanitarian help. That’s how Eubank and his wife Karen ended up in humanitarian work since 1993.

“When I was 5 years old, I remember walking out into the yard and looking up in the sky and saying, ‘I’m going to be a soldier and then a missionary,'” Eubank said. 

That’s precisely what Eubank has done, raising his kids with his wife while they work to deliver humanitarian aid.

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