Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui was born 4-JAN 2001 in Norco, Riverside County, California.  His father was Steve Nikoui and his mother was Shana Chappell.

Kareem had one sister Shyler and a brother Steven.  He graduated in 2019 from Norco High School.  Family members say, “He intended to become a Marine immediately after graduation.”

He died after a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan. 26-AUG 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He was 20.

Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoul earned the following medals and ribbons:

  • Purple Heart
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Marine Good Conduct Award

He is buried at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, Riverside County, California


Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.