Waheed was born in England and served in the US Marine Corps for 24 years with multiple commands and deployments, including the first Gulf War, Somalia, Kosovo, Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His American counterparts took his initials W.U. Khan from the back of his uniform and created the nickname “Wu”.
A special operations commander, he retired from the Marines in 2010. His injury stems from a car accident in 2014; he was crossing an intersection when someone ran a red light and collided with his motorcycle causing an incomplete spinal cord injury. Wu uses a wheelchair for his mobility and continues intense physical therapy to regain strength to be able to use crutches for very short distances.
Wu joined the Dive Pirates Crew on their 2018 September EPIC Adventure to Cayman Brac, and training with Instructor Stace Swearingen of Tom’s Dive and Swim in Austin, TX.
Meeting Lt Col Allen West and diving with him on the Captian Keith Tibbets, Cayman Brac.