by HB Auld, Jr.
Thirteen military service members were killed in a suicide bomb blast at the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday August 27, 2021. They were processing evacuees from the war-torn country to be airlifted out on US military aircraft when they were killed.
The 13 service members are:
US Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton Soviak
US Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss
US Marine Corps Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page
US Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez
US Marine Corps Corporal Humberto Sanchez
US Marine Corps Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza
US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dylan Merola
US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz
US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui
US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum
US Marine Corps Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo
US Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole Gee
US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Darin Taylor Hoover, Jr.
The 13 killed ranged in age from 20 to 31. Five were only 20 years old. One of those, US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum, was to become a father less than a month from now. The bodies of these American heroes were transferred to Dover Air Force Base on August 30, 2021.
During the past 20 years the US has fought in Afghanistan, 2,461 service members have died in the service of their country. These 13 were the last to die in this conflict.
The Kabul Airport and the nation of Afghanistan was completely evacuated of all US military warriors on Monday, August 30, 2021. Hundreds of American citizens and Afghan allies were left behind when the American forces withdrew from the country.
God bless these American military heroes.
God bless America.