The Pentagon on Saturday launched the names of the 13 U.S. service members who misplaced their lives throughout Thursday’s terrorist assault on the Kabul airport. It was the deadliest assault for the U.S. army in Afghanistan since 2011.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah
Known by many as Taylor, he served in the Marines for 11 years. He was a son, a brother, a boyfriend, and somebody who liked his household. His father, Darin Hoover, spoke to The Washington Post, calling his son “a hero. He gave his life protecting those that can’t protect themselves, doing what he loved serving his country.”
Hoover additionally shared how he heard from fellow Marines who shared their experiences along with his son as their sergeant. “They look back on him and say that they’ve learned so much from him,” Hoover instructed the outlet, saying he was additionally “One heck of a leader.”
I do not know what to say, I am unable to think about the ache the household of Staff Sgt. Hoover should be feeling. My coronary heart goes out to them. Thank you for elevating such a courageous younger man. I’m so sorry to your loss.. https://t.co/7PWxUpndVA
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) August 28, 2021
Taylor Hoover was one of our fallen warriors from the cowardly terrorist assault in Afghanistan.
His household calls Hoover a “hero” who liked the Marines Corps.
Fair winds and following seas. pic.twitter.com/gJ2YFkI11j
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) August 27, 2021
Gov. Spencer Cox (R-UT) has ordered flags at state services and public grounds in Utah to be flown at half-staff by means of Monday.
My coronary heart is damaged. I spoke with Staff Sgt. Hoover’s dad and mom as we speak. I instructed them Utah mourned with them. When I requested how we might assist, his dad merely replied, “Just promise me Utah will never forget my son.”
Please assist me hold my promise. ?????? https://t.co/jP05xNBznk
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) August 27, 2021
In honor of the 13 U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan, together with Utah Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, Governor Cox has ordered flags be flown at half-staff in any respect state services and on all public lands till sundown on August 30, 2021. pic.twitter.com/wcHTRAdywa
— Utah Veteran & Military Affairs (@Utah_DVMA) August 28, 2021
This is Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo. She was 25 and from Massachusetts.
She was among the many 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul bombing. pic.twitter.com/FBTFEuiYmT
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) August 28, 2021
2. Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass. pic.twitter.com/xLqlbYeuMO
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 28, 2021
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts
Reporting from The New York Post on the 13 service members notes that Rosario was honored in May by her unit, the the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The brigade’s aided in evacuations from the airport.
Kendrys Vasquez, the mayor of Lawrence, mentioned he had been in contact along with her household “to extend mine and my family’s most sincere condolences and offer all of the aid that my administration can provide as they grieve this great loss.” The mayor additionally indicated that at “this time, the family’s most immediate wish is to be given privacy and that their loved one be recognized as the hero that she was.”
There isn’t any measure of thanks for Sgt. Rosariopichardo’s final sacrifice, so we should honor her heroism in service to the United States and all of these we misplaced in this assault. Our flags fly decrease, our hearts hold heavy, and our gratitude runs everlasting for Sgt. Rosariopichardo.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) August 28, 2021
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California
Gee was one of the service members comforting an toddler in a tweet shared by the Department of Defense earlier this month.
Last Thursday, U.S. Marine Sgt Nicole L. Gee, standing in the highest proper picture, was killed in the terrorist assault in Kabul. https://t.co/1t8Ydb5dd2
— Marilyn Terrell (@Marilyn_Res) August 28, 2021
Gee shared that picture of her holding the toddler on her Instagram web page, with the caption “I love my job.”
Stars and Stripes reported that Gee “had been pictured in photos of the evacuation holding an Afghan baby and escorting girls to a waiting military aircraft.” The report additionally talked about a Facebook submit from Capt. Karen Holliday. “She had a name. She was doing God’s work…..a warrior,” the submit mentioned. “Searching Afghan women and children trying to get out of country.”
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California
Kitty Alvarado for NBC Palm Springs has a very touching thread about Lopez on Twitter after talking with the younger man’s mom.
Corporal Hunter Lopez’s mother, an RSO deputy, tells me his final act of service was bringing this little boy in Afghanistan to security … carried him on his shoulders for 5 miles. He is the epitome of hero. pic.twitter.com/xqCrEJlCV1
— Kitty Alvarado NBC (@HeyKitty) August 28, 2021
Lopez deliberate to observe in his household’s footsteps and turn into a sheriff’s deputy.
NEW: Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco experiences that one of the Marines killed in Afghanistan is Hunter Lopez, the son of a Captain and a deputy in the division. Prior to the Marines, Sheriff Bianco says Lopez served in the Sheriff’s Explorer program. RIP. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/q3trm1XLFX
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 27, 2021
CBS 2 reported on an announcement from the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, which in half learn:
Hunter was the sufferer of vicious evil and was killed as a result of he wore a United States Marnie uniform with love and delight. Our total neighborhood feels the anguish, and we mourn the dying of Hunter, who answered the decision to serve, defend and defend our nation. Like his dad and mom who serve our neighborhood, being a Marine to Hunter wasn’t a job; it was a calling. He liked his household, and as we grieve for Hunter and his fellow Marines taken from us too quickly, there are merely no phrases to specific how deeply he shall be missed — Semper Fi.
The Lopez household requests that every one donations be made to the Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Relief Foundation in the title of the Lopez Family. The deal with is 21810 Cactus Avenue, Riverside, CA 92518. The Lopez household respectfully requests privateness throughout this extremely troublesome time. The household will share particulars and plans for the celebration of Hunter’s life at a later date.
5. Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha. pic.twitter.com/6nqPajocIR
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 28, 2021
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. https://t.co/zeoLYk7pYQ
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 28, 2021
Susanne and I encourage Nebraskans to maintain Daegan’s household in their prayers in the approaching days and weeks.
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) August 27, 2021
Flags will fly at half-staff to honor the victims of the fear assault in Kabul, Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-staff beginning instantly and till sundown on August 30, 2021.
Please RETWEET to unfold the phrase.
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) August 27, 2021
The Omaha World-Herald additionally included touching tributes for Page, corresponding to from his highschool, Millard South High School, which mentioned he had been “a wonderful example of the Patriot Way” and expressed that “We are grateful for his service to our country. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”
The report additionally famous that Page’s unit had been deployed and arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport about two weeks in the past, as half of a contingent to help in evacuations.
Page’s unit had already been deployed to the Middle East as a quick-reaction drive. They landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport about two weeks in the past.
I’m heartbroken to study of the dying of Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page, one of the U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan. He served his nation honorably, and his service won’t ever be in useless.https://t.co/JsQoXDcKMa
— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) August 27, 2021
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana
Local politicians paid tribute to Sanchez over social media, as did buddies.
In the Marines, our motto is Semper Fidelis, which means at all times devoted. Humberto Sanchez embodies this dedication, and we should always remember his bravery and his sacrifice.
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) August 28, 2021
May we always remember Corporal Sanchez’s title or his heroism to a grateful nation. As the household grieves, I ask fellow Hoosiers to please be a part of me in praying for his household throughout this extremely troublesome time.
— Congressman Jim Baird (@RepJimBaird) August 28, 2021
Maureen & I ship our condolences, prayers, and sincerest gratitude to the household of Corporal Humberto Sanchez, who was killed in the assault on Kabul airport serving to Americans & allies evacuate the nation. Cpl. Sanchez is an American hero & his sacrifice won’t ever be forgotten.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) August 28, 2021
one of my good buddies rising up was one of the Marines that handed away, and it hurts that he’s gone..
RIP Humberto Sanchez, thanks to your service, you’re a hero bro?? pic.twitter.com/rUuBTTetji
— Adrian (@AdrianGazcon) August 28, 2021
Stars and Stripes additionally reported that Fatima Magnison talked about her husband was greatest buddies with Sanchez, and that she referred to as him ‘Bert.’ Of the 4 fallen Marines, Magnison mentioned they “were too sweet…to be gone so soon.” She additionally mentioned “I can’t believe it,” and that “My heart is heavy today and every day on.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
Espinoza was from Laredo and lived in Rio Bravo for his complete life. His mom, Elizabeth Holguin, spoke to the Laredo Morning Times about her son. “He was my hero,” she mentioned. “He was just brave enough to go do what he wanted and to help out people. That’s who he was, he was just perfect.”
Gov. Greg Abbott and Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz ordered flags to be flown half-staff.
The City of Laredo expresses its most heartfelt condolences to the household and buddies of U.S. Marine David Lee Espinoza, a courageous younger man from Laredo, Texas. Thank you to your service to the U.S.A and Laredo. Your acts of braveness and bravado will at all times be remembered. pic.twitter.com/DI7pqwwy1F
— City of Laredo (@cityoflaredo) August 27, 2021
I mourn him and all of the fallen heroes in Afghanistan. My coronary heart goes out to the Espinoza household in this extraordinarily troublesome time. The courageous by no means die. Mr. Espinoza is a hero.
— Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) August 27, 2021
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri
Schmitz was deployed to Afghanistan from Jordan as half of his first deployment. His father, Mark Scmitz, instructed KMOX that his son at all times wished to be a soldier. “His life meant so much more,” Schmitz mentioned about his son. I’m so extremely devastated that I received’t be capable of see the person that he was in a short time rising into turning into.”
Today I spoke with the family of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, of Wentzville, Missouri, a Marine who lost his life yesterday in the Kabul attacks, while proudly serving this nation. I promised his family that his service and his legacy will not be forgotten
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 27, 2021
My deepest condolences to Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz’ family and friends, Jared was a huge Blues fan and I am very devastated to hear about his passing! RIP https://t.co/0xsly3pCKK
— David Perron (@DP_57) August 28, 2021
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming
The expectant father’s wife, Gigi whom he married in April, is pregnant with a baby due in mid-September. They had kept the sex a surprise.
McCollum joined the Marines on his 18th birthday and was deployed to Afghanistan from Jordan two weeks ago.
As Cheyenne, his sister, shared with EastIdahoNews.com:
“He was a kid that touched everybody’s heart. He was a wrestler since he was 4. He knew he was going to be a Marine since he was about that same age. He used to walk around in just a diaper and in his sister’s pink princess boots carrying his toy rifle and play like he was in the Army or a Marine,” Cheyenne said.
“He signed papers on his 18th birthday and called my dad and was like, ‘Oh, Dad, I need you to come sign this for me. I’m enlisting,’ and he’s like, ‘Oh wait, it’s my birthday, I don’t need your signature anymore!’ And we couldn’t have been more proud of him because he was doing what he needed to do and what he wanted to do,” she said.
“He was going to be the best dad. We don’t know (the gender of the baby). They decided to keep it a surprise. We hope it’s a boy. I had a baby in 2019, and he just loved her so much,” Cheyenne said.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support McCollum’s child.
God bless his family.
Let’s take care of them.
Rylee McCollum’s Child Education Fund https://t.co/zpOI5sPTUX
— Josh Stewart (@J0SHSTEWART) August 28, 2021
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California
Merola had been deployed just over a week before he was killed.
Was notified last night, that my little brother, Dylan Merola, who was just deployed for over a week, was one of the casualties of the Kabul Airport attack. The news is starting to release his name as the 14th military member to pass away. RIP and say hey to dad & grandma for me pic.twitter.com/rR5wS97sWh
— David Merola (@davidmerolajr) August 28, 2021
His mom, Cheryl Merola spoke to CBS 2 and shared how how her son deliberate to go to school for engineering. “He was one of the very best youngsters ever,” she also said. “Kind. Loving. Giving to each single individual. He would give something for anyone.”
Dylan’s final text message to his mother was “I like you and I’ll speak to you quickly.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California
Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, is an Iranian-American Marine from Southern California who sacrificed his life to save other Americans and Afghanis.
He died yesterday in #Kabul airport. pic.twitter.com/RXGXN9NEPP
— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) August 27, 2021
In addition to calling out President Biden for a way he “turned his again on” his son, Kareem Nikoui’s father, Steve Nikoui shared some particularly touching parts about his son with The Daily Beast:
Kareem “loved what he was doing, he always wanted to be a Marine,” said Nikoui, noting that his son had been stationed close to home, at Camp Pendleton. This made it easy for Kareem to visit on weekends, and he often brought along “10 or 15 other Marines” with him. When the holidays rolled around, Kareem always brought a few buddies with him for a home-cooked meal, according to Nikoui.
“My wife and I felt very honored that [since] these other boys weren’t around their homes, that we were able to provide some sort of family life for them,” he said. “He really loved that [Marine Corps] family. He was devoted—he was going to make a career out of this, and he wanted to go. No hesitation for him to be called to duty.”
The New York Post also reported that the day before he was killed, Kareem had sent his dad a video of him with Afghan children at the Kabul Airport. Steve Nikoui said on Friday that the clip helped put him and his wife “comfy to the place we felt like, he’s all proper.”
As CBS 2 reported:
The metropolis mentioned Nikoui’s title shall be enshrined on the “Lest We Forget Wall” on the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza, which honors Norconians who made the final word sacrifice.
A Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is at the moment being constructed by an area man who is expounded to Nikoui.
“He is the cousin of the boy that was killed,” mentioned Norco Mayor Kevin Bash. “He realizes he’s building this for himself. This is what we do in Norco. This is the kind of community we are.”
Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
The Sandusky Register reported that Soviak was one of the service members who misplaced their lives.
#USNavy identifies the Sailor killed in the Aug. twenty sixth assault in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak. #OperationAlliesRefuge #HonorTheFallen pic.twitter.com/XtByJd4Noj
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) August 28, 2021
Maxton Soviak, a Navy hospital corpsman – a medic, probably the most selfless of all these in the army – recognized as one of these killed in the HKIA suicide assault. Fair winds and following seas, younger sailor. May you relaxation on the waves.
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) August 27, 2021
Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak represented the easiest of Ohio. He gave every part in the battle to carry Americans and our allies to security. The terrorists accountable shall be held accountable.
My prayers are along with his household. His sacrifice won’t ever be forgotten. https://t.co/IgNAcE4JRY
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) August 27, 2021
An Instagram submit from somebody who The New York Post reported is Marilyn Soviak, Maxton’s older sister, features a slideshow of photographs from the 2 of them rising up.
The caption learn:
I’ve by no means been one for politics and that i’m not going to begin now. What I’ll say is that my stunning, clever, beat-to-the-sound of his personal drum, annoying, charming child brother was killed yesterday serving to to save lots of lives. he was a f**king medic. there to assist folks. and now he’s gone and my household won’t ever be the identical. there’s a massive Maxton sized gap that may by no means be stuffed. he was only a child. we’re sending youngsters over there to die. youngsters with households that now have holes similar to ours. i’m not one for praying however rattling might these youngsters over there use some proper now. my coronary heart is in items and I don’t assume they’ll ever match again proper once more.
On his personal Instagram, Soviak referred to as himself a “Patriot” and a “Corpsman.”
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee
“Ryan was the embodiment of an Army Special Operations Forces soldier, a testament to the professionalism of the non-commissioned officer corps, and a steadfast husband and teammate. His loss is devastating to our formation and Army family.” –@8thPSYOPgroup’s Col. Jeremy Mushtare
— 1st Special Forces Command (@1st_SF_Command) August 28, 2021
Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, died Aug. 26 from wounds sustained in the course of the assault at HKIA in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ryan was a brother from the identical Company I served in. Please hold his household and buddies in your ideas.
Until Valhalla Brother ?? https://t.co/p1hUnotNy6
— Lee (Pi Guy) ?? (@PiGuyGG) August 28, 2021
His grandfather, Wayne Knauss, shared a touching sentiment with WATE that Ryan “grew up in a Christian home, attended Berean Christian school through eighth grade and spent, four years at Gibbs High.” He additionally referred to as him a “motivated young man who loved his country. He was a believer so we will see him again in God’s heaven.”
These women and men had been no older than 31. Not solely was 20 the youngest age, it was the most typical age of those that had been killed. They would have been simply infants on September 11, 2001.
Buzz Patterson, who’s working for Congress in California’s seventh district, tweeted that when the service members arrived in Dover, no person from the Biden White House was current to satisfy them.
Our heroes had been returned to American soil and Dover AFB as we speak.
Nobody from the Biden White House attended.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) August 29, 2021