US Marine 15 feet away from Kabul ISIS-K suicide bomber who killed 13 service personnel says gunmen opened fire from the roof after the explosion and a gun battle ensued
US Marine Major Ben Sutphen gave the first eyewitness account of the suicide bomb explosion that killed 13 American service members and an estimated 170 Afghans at an entrance to Kabul airport last month.
Sutphen is one of 15 US service members who were wounded in the ISIS-K explosion at Hamid Karzai Airport on August 26. He was standing 15 feet away trying to disperse the crowd when the bomb detonated, and revealed that enemy gunmen opened fire on the crowd moments after the suicide bomb detonated.
Marine snipers were on the lookout for a suspected attack but were overwhelmed by the massive crowds at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Sutphen recounted how one marine corporal continued fighting through gruesome injuries. ‘He’s blown off his feet and still has his wits about him. Shot through the shoulder. Immediately recovers his weapon and puts the opposing gunmen down,’ 彼は言った.
He also described the heroic actions of ‘another corporal with substantial blast injuries to his lungs and internal organs’ who had ‘enough grit and courage at, at risk of his own life to drag another injured Marine out of harm’s way.’
US Marine Major Ben Sutphen was 15 feet away trying to disperse the crowd when a suicide bomber detonated an explosion at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
The explosion on August 26 殺された 13 サービスメンバー, 170 Afghans, and wounded 15 service members including Sutphen
Sutphen said that the Marines were aware of the threat and had snipers watching for a man who fit the description but that it was ‘nearly impossible’ to identify the attacker in the dense crowd of thousands
The Marines had been warned with what Sutphen described as ‘the most direct indications of a threat at Abbey Gate’ and shared the information with service personnel who were monitoring the gate.
It was serving as the only available entrance to the facility on the day of the deadly attack.
Gunmen opened fire from a nearby roof once the suicide bomber detonated his vest. Sutphen insisted that ‘without a doubt, many more Marine and civilian lives would have been lost’ if the Marines did not return the gunfire.
The attack happened 300 yards away from Abbey Gate, one of the main entrances to the airport. Marines had created a corridor between Abbey Gate and the Baron Hotel to allow British troops at the hotel to return to the airport.
But Sutphen said that he suspected it was ‘nearly impossible’ to identify the suspect in the ‘very dense crowd’ of thousands who were ‘tightly packed, shoulder to shoulder chest to chest.’
‘We brought a truck with a loudspeaker down to try to disperse the crowd. I was standing right by that truck when it happened,’ Sutphen explained. He said that he was shielded by the truck.
The attack outside the Kabul airport last month was one of the deadliest days in Afghanistan in the last decade
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden watched as a carry team moves a transfer case containing Sanchez’s remains during a casualty return on August 29
Sutphen was the operations officer of his battalion and insisted that the Marines took every possible safety precaution on the day of the attack.
He explained that they had set up ‘armed aerial surveillance overhead at the time’ and ‘had electronic countermeasures for improvised explosive device all along the corridor that would try to eliminate any electronically triggered device.’
The explosion was recorded as one of the deadliest days in Afghanistan over the last decade but Sutphen did not list anything that he believes should have been executed differently.
‘The mission was evacuating people. We have to keep that road open. There was not a lot we could change about that situation. It was the mission, and we executed it.’
That day’s evacuation mission was scheduled to be the last for the Marines as Abbey Gate was set to close that evening with Sutphen’s battalion boarding flights home.
As one Marine who was killed in the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport was laid to rest on Tuesday in Indiana, another victim was remembered at a wake in Massachusetts.
Marine Cpl. ハンベルト・サンチェス, 22, and Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, were among the 13 United States service members who were killed.
Marine Cpl. ハンベルト・サンチェス, 22, of Logansport, インディアナ, and Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, of Lawrence, マサチューセッツ, were two of the American service members killed in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport on August 26. They were both remembered in two separate ceremonies in their hometowns on Tuesday
A mourner placed his hand on Pichardo’s flag-draped casket on Tuesday during her public viewing
Mourners gather at Mount Hope cemetery for the funeral of Marine Cpl. Humberto ‘Bert’ Sanchez on Tuesday
A hearse carrying the remains of Sanchez passed through a funeral procession on Sunday
According to Marine officials, Sanchez was originally assigned to work security at the United States embassy in Jordan, but had been transferred to help with the evacuation efforts in Afghanistan before the blast.
Pichardo, その間, was screening women and children hoping to flee, when the bomb went off, killing the servicemembers and 169 Afghanis.
すべて 13 slain troops, who included 11 Marines, one Army staff sergeant, and one Navy corpsman, have been posthumously awarded Purple Hearts, the oldest US military award still given to American service members.
The two Marines were hailed for their service at two separate memorials on Tuesday, when Sanchez’s family laid him to rest in his hometown of Logansport, インディアナ, and Pichardo’s friends and family gathered in Lawrence, Massachusetts for her wake.
Sanchez was hailed as a hero at his funeral on Tuesday, with former Vice President Mike Pence telling mourners at the Life Gate Church in Logansport that his actions on August 26 will inspire generations of Americans.
‘No one will ever say it better than his mother did,’ said Pence, a former Indiana governor, speaking near Sanchez’s flag-covered casket. ‘In those final moments of his life, it was a work of heart, doing everything he could to get those kids out of harm’s way.’
Officials say Sanchez risked his own life that day to protect the civilians.
‘He gave up his life in defense of the defenseless,’ said Chaplain Captain Blake Campbell, noting that Sanchez lived up to the Marine’s motto ‘Semper Fi,’ which means ‘always faithful.’
‘There simply is no recompense,’ said Indiana Senator Todd Young, who himself is a former Marine. ‘To Humberto’s parents I say: You raised the hero. You are heroes. And we grieve alongside you.’
Friends and family gathered together to leave flowers and honor Sanchez
A US Marine Corps carry team transferred the Sanchez’s remains a at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on August 29
Jeff DuBois holds an American flag as the funeral procession for Sanchez passes by
Pre-schoolers from Logansport Learning Academy save American flags in the wind during the funeral procession
Others remembered him as a ‘gap filler and a bridge-builder,’ who stepped up when people needed him the most.
‘Tens of thousands of children and moms and dads now have access to life and hope and a future because of Abiel’s sacrifice,’ said pastor and family friend Zach Szmara, referring to Sanchez by his middle name. ‘Because Abiel stood in the midst of that brokenness, because of his service, because of his sacrifice, people now have a way forward.’
During the service on Tuesday, Sanchez’s younger brother, Ariel Loran, playing The Marine’s Hymn in his honor, while Szmara shared stories about him growing up, による Indiana Star. It ended with a performance of Mr. Red, White and Blue by country singer Coffey Anderson and one final prayer before a procession from Life Gate Church escorted his body to the Mount Hope Cemetery.
The service capped days of heavy emotion in the northern Indiana community, where signs in front of several businesses and restaurants say ‘Thank you’ and T-shirts and yard signs carry his face and say ‘Our hero.’
Sanchez, known as Bert, was among 17 members of his Logansport High School class who joined the military after their 2017 graduation, serving in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment outside of Camp Pendleton, カリフォルニア.
He played on the soccer team and was part of the homecoming court during his senior year.
Even though he ‘wasn’t the best on the team,’ Szmara said, ‘he was one of the most needed people on every team … he did what was needed to be done.
‘He brought life into places that needed it most,’ Szmara said on Tuesday, according to the Star. ‘His presence brought vibrant color into parts of life that were gray and dull. The joy he brought into life was so immense.’
After his body arrived on Sunday, people lined the route to show their respects, many with American flags, and jets flew overhead as the procession approached downtown Logansport.
Nancy Martin, 左, and her sister Maribel Martin, 正しい, watch motorcycles pass during the funeral procession for Sanchez
A group of people prayed before the funeral procession for Sanchez on Sunday
Sanchez was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in a funeral ceremony on Tuesday
American flags surrounded the cemetery where Cpl. Humberto Sanchez was laid to rest
The procession stopped briefly downtown, where the hearse carrying Sanchez’s body paused under a garrison flag. The procession included Indiana State Police and vehicles carrying Sanchez’s family, followed by thousands of motorcycles.
Pence on Tuesday told Sanchez’s parents the crowd that showed up that day is ‘a testament to the impact that your son had on this community… and on the hearts of people all across this country,’ による Journal and Courier.
‘I’m told he never gave up until the job was done,’ Pence said at the funeral Tuesday. ‘He stayed at his post, stood in the gap. … He gave his life defending innocent civilians fleeing from the chaos that had become Afghanistan.’
He also told Sanchez’s mother, ‘Coral, we will tell his story. We will tell about his courage. We will tell about his selflessness and let me assure you, he will never be forgotten.
その間, several states away, Pichardo’s flag-draped casket was being carried into a stadium by her fellow Marines, as hundreds of people lined up outside for a chance to pay their respects.
Her family paused at each of the photos of the other 12 service members killed, WCVB レポート, before they watched solemnly as the casket entered Veterans Memorial Stadium in her hometown of Lawrence.
Sixty Marines from her unit, now in Bahrain, flew to Massachusetts to attend, による CBS Boston.
Among the political figures paying their respects on Tuesday were Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Kim Janey and U.S. その. Edward Markey and Sen. エリザベスウォーレン.
State Representative Steven Xiarhos, a Gold Star father, embraced Pichardo’s mother as he paid his respects. His own son, Nicholas, で死亡しました 2009 while serving in Afghanistan.
And outside, Patriot Guard Riders lined up to show their respect.
A monument at the site says it is ‘dedicated to the peace that was paid for through the blood and sacrifice’ of veterans
A woman embraces the family of Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo during her public viewing at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Another mourner spoke with Pichardo’s mother, trying to hold back tears
One woman carried a small child as she paid her respect to Pichardo at the public viewing on Tuesday
‘Most of us feel it is our duty,’ said Larry Drum. ‘Those are people that stand everyday to protect us. We feel it’s our duty to honor them in their time of need.’
After the casket was laid gently on the field, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker took the lectern, sharing a story that a local priest told him about Pichardo volunteering at a food pantry as a teenager, according to CBS Boston.
‘She was so committed to becoming a Marine, that that’s what they called her – they called her Marine,’ 彼は言った. ‘And they were so excited for her when she finally had a chance to fulfill that lifelong ambition.’
彼が追加した: ‘As a Marine, as an auntie, as a social worker, as a servant, over and over again, her life exemplified what it meant to be truly heroic.’
According to her commander, Captain Pascal Demeo, Pichardo tried to help two Afghan women caught in the explosion when she died.
‘Late in the afternoon, there was a group of Marines and soldiers attempting to push back the mob from overruning the gates,’ 彼は語った. ‘They had riot shields to keep back the mob, people were trying to flee for their lives.
‘In between that mob, there were two women being crushed, they were helpless,’ 彼は言った, and Pichardo went to go help them. Her final words, according to Demeo were: ‘They need me, sir.’
‘Everything she did in Afghanistan contributes to saving 124,000 生きている,’ 彼は言った, 追加する: ‘The term hero is used too often to describe service members.
‘You’re not a hero because you served,’ 彼は言った. ‘I’m no hero. Sgt. Rosario was a hero.’
The community of Lawrence, Massachusetts came out to support her family on Tuesday
Law enforcement members saluted Pichardo’s casket at the ceremony on Tuesday
One man was seen embracing Pichardo’s mother at the wake
Pichardo’s family was greeted by members of Veterans groups near her flag draped casket at the start of a public wake
Pichardo served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Her body was returned home to Massachusetts on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 攻撃, as the nation mourned the tragedy.
As a hearse carrying her body made its way through the town that day, people lined the streets where many waved American flags at the vehicle procession, with firefighters and others accompanying her casket.
彼女の母親, grandmother and three siblings were overcome with grief as the casket was loaded onto the tarmac.
‘She’s coming home on the date, the 20th anniversary of the date, that created the war that cost her life,’ Francisco Urena, former state veterans commissioner, told The Boston Globe.
A private funeral Mass presided over by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley was held Monday.
As her hearse left the stadium on Tuesday morning, 彼女の母親, Colasa Pichardo, could be seen kissing her casket.
‘The loss of my daughter is not just mine is the nation’s,’ she told WCVB. ‘That is why I want this to be a public funeral.’
After Tuesday’s wake, she will be buried at Bellevue Cemetery in a section reserved for veterans.
‘I am proud of her service, proud of what she was doing to protect women and children, especially in Afghanistan,’ 我ら. その. Edward Markey said Tuesday.
‘That’s who she was. She was the embodiment of everything that Lawrence and this community stands for.’
写真: すべて 13 US troops killed by ISIS-K suicide bomber during Kabul airport evacuation
8月に 26, 2021, 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and one Army staff sergeant were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul that also claimed more than 160 Afghan lives. The US servicemembers were on a mission of mercy to evacuate at-risk Afghans after the disastrous US withdrawal led to a Taliban takeover. These are their stories:
Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23
Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee was was a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Roseville, カリフォルニア.
A week before she was killed, Gee cradled a baby in her arms at the Kabul airport. She posted the photo on Instagram and wrote, ‘I love my job.’
Sgt. Mallory Harrison, who lived with Gee for three years and called her a ‘sister forever’ and best friend, wrote about the magnitude of her loss.
‘I can’t quite describe the feeling I get when I force myself to come back to reality & think about how I´m never going to see her again,’ Harrison wrote on Facebook. ‘How her last breath was taken doing what she loved – helping people. … Then there was an explosion. And just like that, she’s gone.’
Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, is seen four days before she was killed, escorting Afghans on to a plane in Kabul
Just days before she was killed in the suicide blast, セント. Nicole Gee was photographed holding an Afghan baby
Gee, 23, (左右) of Roseville, California was among those killed in the attack in Kabul
Nicole Gee (left middle), a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), awaits the launch of an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise in April
Gee’s Instagram page shows another photo of her in fatigues, holding a rifle next to a line of people walking into the belly of a large transport plane. 彼女は書いた: ‘escorting evacuees onto the bird.’
The social media account that includes many selfies after working out at the gym lists her location as California, North Carolina and ‘somewhere overseas.’
Photos show her on a camel in Saudi Arabia, in a bikini on a Greek isle and holding a beer in Spain. One from this month in Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant.
Harrison said her generation of Marines hears war stories from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but they seem distant amid boring deployments until ‘the peaceful float you were on turns into … your friends never coming home.’
Gee´s car was still parked in a lot at Camp Lejeune and Harrison mused about all the Marines who walked past it while she was overseas.
‘Some of them knew her. Some of them didn´t.’ 彼女は言いました. ‘They all walked past it. The war stories, the losses, the flag-draped coffins, the KIA bracelets & the heartbreak. It´s not so distant anymore.’
Friends mourned Gee (正しい) whom they called a ‘model Marine’ and a ‘Marine’s Marine’
‘She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light in this dark world. She was my person,’ said friend and fellow Marine Mallory Harrison in a Facebook post on Gee (中道右派)
‘She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light in this dark world. She was my person,’ said Harrison in a Facebook post.
‘I find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved. She was a Marine’s Marine,’ 彼女は言いました.
‘She was doing God’s work…..a warrior. Searching Afghan women and children trying to get out of country,’ Captain Karen Holliday said in a Facebook tribute.
Holliday called Gee a ‘Model Marine. A leader on the ground in a chaotic situation.’
She said that a photo released of Gee a few days before her death, showing her escorting Afghans onto a waiting plane, had been bombarded with sexist online comments ‘degrading her for being a female Marine.’
Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20
Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20
Lance Corporal Merola was a Marine from Rancho Cucamonga, カリフォルニア.
He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, カリフォルニア.
The 20-year-old was a graduate of Los Osos High School, による KABC-TV.
Students honored him at the football game on the Friday after the attack by wearing red, white and blue.
‘Dylan was a beloved son, 兄, grandson, great grandson, nephew, a great friend, and a brave soldier,’ said family friend Joseph Matsuoka on a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.
Matsuoka said that Merola ‘paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport during the evacuation.’
Sgt. ジョハニーロザリオ, 25
Marine Sgt. ジョハニーロザリオ, 25
Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
She was a graduate of Lawrence High School and attended Bridgewater State University.
ソーシャルメディアで, friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s death.
Nastassia Hyatt, a former Marine, recalled Rosario helping her through difficult times in a Facebook post.
‘You brought me back to life. Back to life… back to life….’ Hyatt wrote. ‘I wish i could bring you back to life for just one last hug, one last smile, one last nap, one last meal… one last anything.’
‘She the second half of my heart next to my son. Like she’s everything to me. She is the greatest love I’ve ever known in a human besides my son. This one hit hard,’ Hyatt said.
‘We are heartbroken by the death of the service men and women due to the bombing in Kabul this week. I and the City of Lawrence are particularly saddened that one of those brave souls was a daughter of our City,’ said Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez in a statement to WCVB-TV.
The Dominican Republic’s embassy in the United States tweeted that Rosario was originally from that Caribbean nation.
ソーシャルメディアで, friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s death
Sonia Guzmán, the Dominican Republic´s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the Dominican community shares in the loss.
‘Peace to your soul!’ she tweeted in Spanish.
Rosario served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which praised her efforts as supply chief this spring and thanked her for a job well done.
In Lawrence, マサチューセッツ, Mayor Kendrys Vasquez said he has been in contact with the family.
‘We are heartbroken by the death of the servicemen and women due to the bombing in Kabul this week,’ 彼は言った. ‘I and the city of Lawrence are particularly saddened that one of those brave souls was a daughter of our city.’
The family wishes for privacy ‘and that their loved one be recognized as the hero that she was,’ the mayor said.
Rosario (センター) was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Melendez said people have strong feelings about the U.S. involvement that’s coming to an end after two decades in Afghanistan.
‘There are people on both sides of the fence. わかった,’ 彼は言った. ‘This is about one of our own, a daughter of Lawrence. For us it is definitely about her service and her family´s sacrifice. That´s what will be focusing on.’
‘I have been in touch with the family of the Lawrencian killed in action 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 said.
'現時点では, the family’s most immediate wish is to be given privacy and that their loved one be recognized as the hero that she was.’
Hospitalman Maxton Soviak, 20
Soviak, an Ohio native, joined the Navy after high school and became a hospital corpsman
Maxton William Soviak was a Navy corpsman from New Berlin, オハイオ. He was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, カリフォルニア
Weeks before his death, he made a tragic Instagram post on June 10, sharing a photo posing with other service members in what is believed to be Afghanistan.
‘It’s kill or be killed, definitely trynna be on the kill side,’ he wrote in a comment on the post. Navy corpsmen often work alongside Marines, who do not have their own medics.
Soviak’s sister Marilyn said in her own Instagram post that her brother was there to ‘help people’.
‘My beautiful, intelligent, beat-to-the-sound of his own drum, annoying, charming baby brother was killed yesterday helping to save lives. He was a f***ing medic. There to help people and now he is gone and my family will never be the same,’ 彼女は書いた.
‘He was just a kid. We are sending kids over there to die. Kids with families that now have holes just like ours,’ 彼女は付け加えた. ‘I’m not one for praying but d**n could those kids over there use some right now. My heart is in pieces and I don’t think they’ll ever fit back right again.’
Soviak was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school in Milan, オハイオ, where he graduated in 2017.
‘It is with deepest sorrow that I am sharing this news,’ Edison Local School District Superintendent Thomas Roth said in a statement.
‘Max was a good student who was active in sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him. Max was full of life in everything he did.’
Maxton William Soviak (センター), a medic in his early 20s, made this tragic post on June 10, writing ‘It’s kill or be killed, definitely trynna be on the kill side’. Marines Hunter Lopez (左) and Daegan Page (正しい) were also killed in the attack
Soviak’s sister Marilyn said an Instagram post that her brother was there to ‘help people’
Soviak took pride in his Navy service and worked alongside Marines in Afghanistan
In high school, Soviak was on the honor roll and played football. He was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school in Milan, オハイオ
Soviak’s family confirmed his death to local media and have asked for privacy.
In high school, Soviak was on the honor roll and played football, による Sandusky Register.
Soviak was among the nearly 6,000 US troops now working frantically to evacuate Americans and Afghan refugees from Kabul, with just days remaining before President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw.
Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, 20
デビッド・リー・エスピノザ, 20, was one of the Marines killed in the attack
デビッド・リー・エスピノザ, was a 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Rio Grande, テキサス.
彼の母親, Elizabeth Holguin, 前記: ‘He was a very good person. He served his country. He helped in any way he could. He was there (アフガニスタンで), helping innocent people.’
This was his second deployment; he first made a trip to the Middle East and arrived in Afghanistan for about a week.
Holguin said she was uneasy about him being deployed there.
‘I prayed every day,’ 彼女は言いました.
He is one of four children; he is not married and has no children.
The mom last spoke with him the Tuesday before the attack.
‘I just told him to be careful, that I was worried about him and I couldn’t wait for him to come back,’ Holguin said. ‘He told me he was fine and not to worry…. He was brave. If he was scared, he didn’t show it.’
She said she holds no animosity toward the president, saying her son ‘wanted to be there.’
Holguin learned her son was dead when she received a phone call on the Friday after the attack at 2.30am.
‘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,’ his mother, Elizabeth Holguin, told the Laredo Morning Times.
声明の中で, 我ら. 担当者. Henry Cuellar said Espinoza ‘embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, サービス, and valor. When he joined the military after high school, he did so with the intention of protecting our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.’
Cuellar concluded, ‘The brave never die. 氏. Espinoza is a hero.’
Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum, 20
Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was killed in the attack
Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was named by his high school in Wyoming as a casualty in the attack.
He was expecting to become a father and was pictured with his pregnant wife shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in April.
Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s sister, told DailyMail.com her brother had wanted to be a Marine since he was a toddler – and that his own baby is due in just three weeks.
‘Rylee was an amazing, man with a passion for the Marines. He was a son, 兄弟, a husband and a father with a baby due in just 3 週,’ 彼女は言いました.
‘He wanted to be a marine his whole life and carried around his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots.
‘He was determined to be in infantry and this was his first deployment. Rylee was sent to Afghanistan when the evac began. Rylee was manning the check point when he suicide bomb went off.
‘Rylee wanted to be a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving his country. He’s a tough, 親切, loving kid who made an impact on everyone he met. His joke and wit brought so much joy.
‘To his friends and teammates and coaches, he was family. Rylee will always be a hero not just for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country but for the way he impacted every life around him for the better. Making us stronger, kinder, teaching us to love deeper. We love you Rylee.’
Rylee McCollum graduated from Summit Innovations School in Jackson in 2019.
Wyoming Schools Superintendent Jillian Balow said in a statement: ‘Saying that I am grateful for Rylee’s service to our country does not begin to encapsulate the grief and sadness I feel today as a mother and as an American.’
‘My heart and prayers are with Rylee’s family, 友達, and the entire Jackson community,’ 彼女は付け加えた.
Rylee McCollum was named by his high school in Wyoming as a casualty in the attack
Rylee McCollum was due to become a father. He is pictured with his pregnant wife, 正しい, shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in April
The Wyoming-born Marine’s wrestling coach and close family friend, Benjamin Arlotta said ‘heads should roll’ over the disastrous US exit and that the young soldier’s family is ‘absolutely broken’.
Arlotta told DailyMail.com that even in diapers McCollum would stand watch on his porch with a toy rifle, first said he wanted to be a Marine aged eight, and signed up on his 18th birthday.
In a glowing eulogy to the young expectant father, whose new baby is due in three weeks, Arlotta described McCollum as a ‘personal hero’ and a ‘fantastic brother, fantastic uncle, and a wonderful friend’.
‘I was his wrestling coach since he was six. He was one of the best. A great kid, a great young man and an American patriot. He loved being a Marine,’ Arlotta said.
‘He was just a good man all around. We’re all hurting pretty bad.
‘It’s impossible. I’m sitting here with the family right now – with his dad and two sisters, his brother-in-law and niece. They’re shattered, they’re absolutely broken. The entire community is.’
Arlotta, 37, said he is furious at the Biden administration and blames the White House for putting soldiers in an unnecessarily dangerous position.
‘It’s a junk show, an absolute junk show. Not just for Rylee but for every serviceman and woman over there. They were put in a very terrible spot. In my opinion this entire circumstance has been mismanaged from every level,’ 彼はDailyMail.comに語った.
‘The only thing I can hope for is that accountability isn’t forgotten. Because for the 13 men who were killed yesterday, heads need to roll for the way things have gone.
Benjamin Arlotta, と彼の妻, Talia, are long-time family friends of the McCollums. Benjamin said he is angry and devastated
‘We’re just seeing the beginning of it. It’s not over, it’s only going to get worse. Everybody in the country needs to be praying for our servicemen and women right now. They have a scrap out in front of them.
‘Sadly those 13 Marines aren’t going to be the last ones to perish because of these terrible decisions that were made.’
Recalling fond memories of the young Jackson Hole native, the wrestling coach told a heartwarming story of McCollum’s determination.
‘When he was 13 he came into the competition season 32lbs heavier than where he wanted to be,’ Arlotta said.
‘He told me he would lose it. We made a bet. I was going to quit chewing tobacco if he could get down there. That was September, by the time the state championship rolled around in January he had made weight.
‘He entered the wrestling tournament at that weight and I quit chewing that day.
‘He was first and foremost a man of his word. If he said he would do something, by goodness gracious he stood right in front of you until he did it.’
McCollum moved to California for training. His pregnant wife Jiennah ‘Gigi’ Crayton lives in the San Diego area.
The 20-year-old lance corporal wanted to be a soldier since childhood, first telling his parents he would join the Marines age eight.
‘We were driving back from his first state wrestling tournament, I was riding with his family,’ said Arlotta. ‘We asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said he wanted to be in the Marines.
‘He enlisted on his 18th birthday,’ the coach added. ‘When he actually enlisted his recruiter told him he could be anything, he could do any job. He swore up and down he wanted to be an infantryman.
‘If you know Rylee, you know you can’t talk him out of a damn thing, so that’s what he did.’
我ら. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a fellow Wyoming resident, issued a statement when she learned of Rylee’s passing.
‘I want to offer my deepest condolences to Rylee McCollum’s family and loved ones. His bravery and patriotism will never be forgotten. His willingness to put himself in harm’s way to keep our country safe and defend our freedom represents a level of selflessness and heroism that embodies the best of America.
‘We know that the McCollum family is grieving this tragic loss. I ask that people in Wyoming and across the country please keep those close to Rylee in their prayers, and remember that we are only free because of the courage and valor of service members like him.’
Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, 20
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was a 20-year-old from Wentzville, ミズーリ
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was a 20-year-old from Wentzville, ミズーリ.
His father Mark Schmitz told KMOX the Marines notified his family about 2.40am on the day following the attack about his son’s death.
‘This was something he always wanted to do and I never seen a young man train as hard as he did to be the best soldier he could be,’ Mark Schmitz said.
The grieving father grew emotional as he spoke about his son, welling up with tears.
‘His life meant so much more. I’m so incredibly devastated that I won’t be able to see the man that he was very quickly growing into becoming.’
Mark Schmitz slammed Biden and blamed him for his son’s death.
‘Be afraid of our leadership or lack thereof. Pray every day for the soldiers that are putting their lives at risk, doing what they love which is protecting all of us,’ Schmitz’s father said.
He added that he was relieved when his son signed up as a Marine when Trump was in office because he ‘really believed this guy didn’t want to send people into harm’s way.’
Jared Schmitz was killed in the attack
Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20
Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, カリフォルニア
Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, カリフォルニア.
Nikoui’s father Steve, a carpenter, vented his frustrations at Biden in an interview with the デイリービースト.
‘They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security. I blame my own military leaders… Biden turned his back on him. それでおしまい,’ 彼は言った
Steve Nikoui said he knew his son was dead when he saw two Marines approaching his home on the day of the attack at 7.15pm PST.
He said he sat with the two emotional Marines, who cried more than he cried, and then had them leave.
Steve also appeared on Fox with Tucker Carlson the day after his son’s death to further criticize Biden in an emotional interview where he said the attack could have been avoided.
‘From what I saw of the airport that they’re in, looked like a Turkey shoot. It’s funneled in to a single file-type entry point at which if you have in sort of chaos of any sort, they would all like gather to that one funneled area, which they would all be accessed. That’s what happened. It was just basically so chaotic and not really planned out,’ Steve said.
As he teared up, he also said he was upset by how long it took to learn of his son’s death.
‘How long does it take for the military to, ええと, inform the next of kin?’
Marine Kareem Nikoui, pictured with his mother, 殺された. His father said he blames Biden for abandoning them in Kabul
‘I was actually trying to console them. しかし同時に, I just wanted them to get out as soon as possible so that no one from my family came back and saw them.
‘I thought it appropriate that I be able to tell them,’ 彼は言った.
He added that his son, who was based at Camp Pendleton in California, would often bring other Marines home on the holidays if they couldn’t get back to their own families.
‘My wife and I felt very honored that [以来] these other boys weren’t around their homes, that we were able to provide some sort of family life for them.
‘He really loved that [海兵隊] 家族. 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,’ 彼は言った.
Speaking outside Kareem’s home, a relative told DailyMail.com that Kareem’s family were inside signing the documents required to repatriate him.
彼が追加した: ‘They’re totally devastated and they need some time. All the family are here and we’re supporting them.’
A steady stream of people have been seen coming and going from the home all day, among them some of Kareem’s colleagues from the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego.
Steve Nikoui, 正しい, father the late Kareem Nikoui, spoke with Fox’s Tucker Carlson the day after the attack to condemn the Biden administration’s efforts in Afghanistan that he said led to his son’s death
An American flag flew half-mast outside Norco Intermediate School in honor of Nikoui
Kareem’s mother Shana Chappell posted angrily on social media, blaming Vice-President Kamala Harris for the loss of her son.
At the social media message of condolence from the Vice-President, 彼女は書いた: ‘This c u next Tuesday is a joke! They are the reason my son is dead.’
Kareem’s death is also being mourned by his home city of Norco – a small community of 26,000 people nicknamed ‘Horsetown’ that sits 50 ロサンゼルスの東マイル.
Confirming his death, the city released a message of condolence that read: ‘The City of Norco mourns the loss of Norco resident U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui who was killed in action while stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, 8月 26, 2021.
‘The U.S. Marine, who graduated from Norco High School in 2019 and served in JROTC, was committed to serving his country and is survived by his mother, father and siblings.’
The city of Norco plans to honor Nikoui by placing his name on the ‘Lest We Forget Wall’ at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez, 22
Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez
Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez, a native of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed in the attack, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed.
‘I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Bianco wrote.
‘Hunter Lopez, son of our own Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez, tragically lost his life while serving our country in the United States Marine Corp. He was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26th,’ the sheriff added.
‘Before joining the Marine Corp, Hunter proudly served in our Sheriff’s Explorer Program. Our entire department is mourning this tragic loss. The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self.’
City of La Quinta issued a statement: ‘Our La Quinta Family is in mourning today with the tragic loss of Hunter Lopez, one of the fallen United States Service Members in the attack in Afghanistan,’
‘Hunter is the son of Captain Herman and Alicia Lopez, both members of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. Captain Herman Lopez is our Police Chief and Captain over at the Thermal Station,’ 追加されたステートメント.
‘We are all so humbled by the service and ultimate sacrifice that Hunter gave to protect our country. He was a brave and selfless soldier who answered the call to be a United States Marine. Like his parents, Hunter wanted to help serve others and protect his community.’
Marine Hunter Lopez, a native of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed
‘The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self,’ said the local sheriff
‘I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Bianco wrote of Hunter Lopez (上記)
Marine Staff Sgt. テイラーフーバー, of Salt Lake City, ユタ
Marine Staff Sgt. テイラーフーバー, of Salt Lake City, ユタ, was another of the service members killed outside the Kabul airport, his family told KSL-TV.
He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, カリフォルニア.
Friends and family mourned his loss, including fellow students who graduated in the Class of 2008 at Hillcrest High School with him in Midvale.
‘Soooooo glad I got to see him before he left. I love you son!!! You’re my hero!! Please check in on us once in a while. I’ll try to make you proud!!’ Hoover’s father, Darin Hoover, Facebookに書いた.
‘My handsome nephew, Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover. Taylor spent his entire adult life as a Marine, サービング. Doing the hard things that most of us can’t do. He is a hero,’ Jeremy Soto, an uncle, 書きました.
‘We are wounded. We are bruised. We are angry. We are crushed… but we remain faithful. Thank you for your courage nephew. We love you always.’
‘Always a smile. Always respectful. A joy to be around. He is adored beyond measure. The world has lost a true light. Our hearts are broken. ショック, disbelief, ホラー, sadness, sorrow, anger and grief,’ Brittany Jones Barnett, an aunt, 追加.
‘Thank you sweet boy for the ultimate sacrifice. For giving your life for us all. Fighting for freedom and giving absolutely everything you had. You will never ever be forgotten. We love you so much,’ 彼女は付け加えた.
Marine Staff Sgt. テイラーフーバー, pictured holding a young family member, died in Kabul
テイラーフーバー, a Utah native, was mourned by his mother Kelly Barnett, 左, and girlfriend, Nicole Weiss, 正しい, following his death
‘He is a hero. He gave his life protecting those that can´t protect themselves, doing what he loved serving his country,’ said father Darin Hoover, who lives in a Salt Lake City suburb, in an AP interview.
He said he had heard from Marines who said they were grateful they had his son as their sergeant.
‘They look back on him and say that they´ve learned so much from him,’ Hoover said. ‘One heck of a leader.’
Hoover said his son was also a best friend to his two sisters and loved all his extended family. He had a girlfriend in California and was the kind of guy who ‘lit up a room’ when he came in, his father said.
Hoover, センター, was among the Marine troops in Afghanistan to helping with the evacuation
Hoover pictured in his uniforms, ‘died a hero doing what he always wanted to do and was proud to do, ‘ a family member said
Nate Thompson of Murray, ユタ, first met Hoover when they were 10 years old in Little League football. They stayed friends through high school, where Hoover played lineman. He was undersized for the position, but his heart and hard work more than made up for what he lacked in statute, Thompson said. As a friend, he was selfless and kind.
‘If we had trouble with grades, trouble with family or trouble on the field, we always called Taylor. He´s always level-headed, even if he´s struggling himself,’ 彼は言った.
我ら. Representative Blake Moore, who represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District, also mourned the loss of Hoover.
‘We’ll be forever grateful for his sacrifice & legacy. He spent his last moments serving our state & 国家, and we’ll never forget his unwavering devotion,’ he wrote in a statement.
Utah Senator Mike Lee wrote in a statement, ‘Burying a child is a grief no parent should bear. Sharon and I mourn with the Hoover family and with all who loved [Hoover]… who gave the last full measure of devotion in Afghanistan.
‘He died completing a mission to save his countrymen and civilians from evil and oppression. He lived the Marine Corps motto by living and dying always faithful.’
Utah residents tied fellow ribbons to flags in front of Hoover’s family home
Neighbor Lena McIllece helped arranged the flags to honor Hoover and the other fallen troops
ユタ州政府. Spencer Cox ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds effective immediately until sunset on August. 30 to honor Hoover and all those who died in the recent attack.
‘We are devastated to hear of the passing of Staff Sgt. テイラーフーバー. スタッフ軍曹. Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen as well as America’s allies in Afghanistan. We honor his tremendous bravery and commitment to his country, even as we condemn the senseless violence that resulted in his death. Abby and I pray for Staff Sgt. Hoover, his family and loved ones during this most difficult time,’ Cox said in a statement.
A family member told ABC 4 that Hoover, ‘died a hero doing what he always wanted to do and was proud to do, serve his country.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Tennessee
スタッフ軍曹. Ryan Knauss, 23
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Corryton, テネシー. Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, ノースカロライナ州.
He first was identified as one of the victims by his grandfather, Wayne Knauss.
‘He grew up in a Christian home, attended Berean Christian school through 8th grade and spent, four years at Gibbs High [School],’ said Wayne about his grandson.
‘A motivated young man who loved his country. He was a believer so we will see him again in God’s heaven.’
Wayne told ABC 6 that Ryan had served right out of high school for five years with special training in Psychology Operations.
Ryan’s stepmother, Lianne Knauss, added that Ryan told them he was looking forward to returning to the U.S. and moving to Washington D.C.
‘He was a super-smart hilarious young man,’ 彼女は言いました.
Knauss, 23, 正しい, said he wanted to move to Washington D.C. when he returned
Members of the Knauss family mourned Ryan’s death on social media
我ら. Representative Tim Burchett, a fellow Knoxville resident, also tweeted a tribute to the fallen marine.
‘Ryan gave his life outside that airport helping people he didn’t know get to safety. This is what true heroism looks like and Ryan’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Knauss family is my prayers.’ Burchett wrote
Diane Trulson Amundson Knauss also urged people to support Wayne and the troops in Afghanistan.
‘Please pray for our military in Afghanistan and all over the world,’ 彼女は書いた. ‘Our hearts ache for Wayne and Neena… and all families.’
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, ネブラスカ
Corporal Daegan Page, 23
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, ネブラスカ.
声明の中で, Page’s family confirmed that he was one of the slain service members at Kabul airport.
‘Our hearts are broken, but we are thankful for the friends and family who are surrounding us during this time,’ 家族は言った.
‘Daegan’s girlfriend Jessica, his mom, パパ, step-mom, step-dad, 4 兄弟, and grandparents are all mourning the loss of a great son, grandson, and brother.’
Page grew up in Omaha and Red Oak, アイオワ. He enjoyed playing hockey for Omaha Westside in the local hockey club and was a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan.
He also oved hunting and spending time outside with his father.
His family said he was a longtime Boy Scout who was eager to join the U.S. 海兵隊.
‘Daegan joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Millard South High School. He loved the brotherhood of the Marines and was proud to serve as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.’
Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page died in the Kabul airport bombing attack
ページ, 左, was a Marine and member of the 2nd Battalion Marine Regiment
They added that Page was looking forward to coming home to see his family and friends. He also had plans to go to trade school, contemplating a career as a lineman.
‘Daegan will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and giant heart. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other Marine and Navy families whose loved ones died alongside Daegan,’ 家族は言った.
Shana Nicole, a friend of Page, added that ‘the world lost an amazing hero.
‘My heart hurts for everyone who knew Daegan. He was so so kind always,’ she wrote on Facebook.
The Omaha, ネブラスカ, native was looking forward to returning home, his family said
ページ, センター, hoped to reunite with friends back home and go to trade school
ページ, third from the left, rear, was drawn to the sense of brotherhood within the Marine Corps
我ら. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Page’s home district, also issued a statement mourning the loss of the young marine.
‘I was just notified about the death of Marine Corporal Page. My heart was already broken over our country’s loss of 13 service members in Afghanistan. Now the loss is even harder,’ Fortenberry said.
‘God bless Corporal Page. He saved lives and served his country honorably. His life was cut short but had ultimate meaning. By his bravery and will, many others will have a chance. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family.’
Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was among those killed
Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 23
Officials in Indiana confirmed that Corp. Humberto Sanchez was also among the dead.
Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School in 2017. He also attended Columbia Elementary.
‘Like many, I have been heartbroken over the recent loss of the 13 我ら. service members who were murdered in the terrorist attacks against our evacuation efforts in Kabul, アフガニスタン,’ Logansport Mayor Chris Martin said in a statement on Facebook.
‘Even more heartbreaking is learning the news today that one of those killed was from right here at home in Logansport, インディアナ.
‘This young man had not yet even turned 30 and still had his entire life ahead of him. Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.’
Adrian Gazcon, 友達, also wrote a tribute on Twitter for Sanchez, saying that ‘it hurts that he’s gone.’ ‘Thank you for your service, you’re a hero bro.’
Sanchez pictured carrying friend Rhiannon Rickerd while attending Logansport High School in Indiana
A friend posted a tribute to Sanchez when he learned about his death