Afghan who translated for U.S. troops finds new life at Wright State

Zia Anwari

Wright State student Zia Anwari risked his life as an interpreter for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, including for Air Force Col. Daniel Marticello, who helped him immigrate to the U.S.


Ziaullah Anwari had never ordered a hamburger at a Sonic drive-in or shopped at Wal-Mart.

Anwari, 22, counts those everyday experiences among his first-ever in America since he moved to Fairborn from his home country, Afghanistan.

The Wright State University student lived a life of danger serving as a translator to U.S. forces in Afghanistan for years. He doesn’t remember how old he was when he first met American troops giving out Meals-Ready-to-Eat, candy and cookies, in his village in Bamyan, Afghanistan, but he was around age 10.

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