By: Mir M.Hosseini
Hossein Fahmideh is an icon of Iranian patriotism who became martyr at the age of 13.
In the besieged city of Khorramshahr, Hossein Fahmideh fought side by side with older Iranian soldiers. On Oct, 30, 1980, invading Iraqi forces pushed the Iranian troops back as they were passing through a very narrow canal. Many of the Iranian troops present were either dead or wounded by the heavy Iraqi attacks. Hossein Fahmideh, therefore, took a grenade from a nearby body, pulled the pin out, and jumped underneath an Iraqi tank, killing himself and disabling the tank. This stopped the Iraqi tank division's advance.
Hossein Fahmideh was born on May, 6, 1967 in Qom. He was a 13 year old boy who, on the outbreak of war in 1980, made his decision to leave his home without his parents’ consent to go to southern Iran to help stopping the invasion of Iran by the Iraqi army.
Imam Khomeini declared Fahmideh an Iranian national hero and monuments were built throughout Iran. Every year, on this day special ceremonies in his memory take place in schools around the country.