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,’ 他说.
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 被杀 13 service members, 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. Humberto Sanchez, 22, and Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, were among the 13 United States service members who were killed.
Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, 印第安那州, and Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, of Lawrence, 马萨诸塞州, 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, 与此同时, was screening women and children hoping to flee, when the bomb went off, killing the servicemembers and 169 Afghanis.
全部 13 slain troops, who included 11 海军陆战队, 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, 印第安那州, 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, 根据 Indiana Star. It ended with a performance of Mr. 红, 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.’
桑切斯, known as Bert, 是其中 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, 加利福尼亚州.
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, 剩下, and her sister Maribel Martin, 对, 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,’ 根据 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.
与此同时, 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 报告, 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, 根据 CBS Boston.
Among the political figures paying their respects on Tuesday were Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Kim Janey and U.S. 它的. Edward Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
State Representative Steven Xiarhos, a Gold Star father, embraced Pichardo’s mother as he paid his respects. His own son, 尼古拉斯, 死在 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,’ 他说. ‘And they were so excited for her when she finally had a chance to fulfill that lifelong ambition.’
他加了: ‘As a Marine, as an auntie, as a social worker, as a servant, 再三，一而再再而三, 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,’ 他讲述了. ‘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,’ 他说, and Pichardo went to go help them. Her final words, according to Demeo were: ‘They need me, 先生。’
‘Everything she did in Afghanistan contributes to saving 124,000 生活,’ 他说, 加: ‘The term hero is used too often to describe service members.
‘You’re not a hero because you served,’ 他说. ‘I’m no hero. 中士. 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, 特遣部队第 51/5 海军陆战队远征旅.
Her body was returned home to Massachusetts on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 攻击, 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.
她妈妈, 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, her mother, 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,’ 我们. 它的. Edward Markey said Tuesday.
‘That’s who she was. She was the embodiment of everything that Lawrence and this community stands for.’
图片: 全部 13 美军在喀布尔机场撤离期间被ISIS-K自杀式炸弹袭击者炸死
在八月 26, 2021, 11 海军陆战队, 一名海军军人, 和一名陆军上士在喀布尔的一次自杀式袭击中丧生，该袭击还造成超过 160 阿富汗人的生活. 在灾难性的美国撤军导致塔利班接管后，美国军人的使命是疏散处于危险中的阿富汗人. 这些是他们的故事:
中士. 妮可·吉, 23
海军中士. Nicole Gee 是罗斯维尔第 24 海军陆战队远征队的一名维护技术员, 加利福尼亚州.
在她被杀前一周, 吉在喀布尔机场把一个婴儿抱在怀里. 她在Instagram上发布了这张照片并写道, '我喜欢我的工作。’
中士. 马洛里哈里森, 和Gee一起生活了三年，称她为“永远的姐姐”’ 和最好的朋友, 写了她损失的严重性.
“我无法完全描述当我强迫自己回到现实时的感觉 & 想想我再也见不到她了,’ 哈里森在 Facebook 上写道. “她的最后一口气是如何做她喜欢做的事 – 帮助别人. … 然后发生了爆炸. 就这样, 她走了。’
海军中士. 妮可·吉, 23, 在她被杀前四天被看到, 在喀布尔护送阿富汗人登上飞机
就在她在自杀爆炸中丧生的前几天, 圣. Nicole Gee 被拍到抱着一个阿富汗婴儿
哎呀, 23, (左和右) 罗斯维尔, California was among those killed in the attack in Kabul
妮可·吉 (左中), 第 24 海军陆战队远征队的维修技师 (矿), 在四月的一次演习中等待 MV-22B 鱼鹰的发射
Gee的Instagram页面显示了她的另一张疲劳照片, 拿着步枪在一排走进大型运输机腹部的人旁边. 她写了: '护送撤离人员上鸟。’
照片显示她在沙特阿拉伯骑骆驼, 在希腊小岛上穿着比基尼，在西班牙拿着啤酒. 本月在科威特拍摄的一张照片显示她因功勋晋升为中士而喜气洋洋.
哈里森说，她这一代海军陆战队从伊拉克和阿富汗冲突的退伍军人那里听到了战争故事, 但在无聊的部署中它们似乎很遥远，直到“你所乘坐的和平漂浮物变成 … 你的朋友永远不会回家。’
“他们中的一些人认识她. 其中一些没有。’ 她说. “他们都走过它. 战争故事, 损失, 挂旗棺材, 起亚手镯 & 心碎. 已经不是那么遥远了。’
朋友哀悼Gee (对) 他们称之为“模范海军陆战队”’ 和一个“海军陆战队”’
“她关心人们. 她爱得深沉. 她是这黑暗世界中的一盏明灯. 她是我的人,’ 在 Gee 上的 Facebook 帖子中说，朋友和同事 Marine Mallory Harrison (中右)
“她关心人们. 她爱得深沉. 她是这黑暗世界中的一盏明灯. 她是我的人,’ 哈里森在 Facebook 帖子中说.
“我知道她离开这个世界做她喜欢做的事，我找到了平静. 她是一名海军陆战队员,’ 她说.
“她在做上帝的工作......一个战士. 搜查试图离开该国的阿富汗妇女和儿童,’ 卡伦霍利迪船长在 Facebook 致敬中说.
她说Gee去世前几天发布的一张照片, 展示她护送阿富汗人登上等待的飞机, 曾遭到性别歧视的在线评论的轰炸，“因为她是一名女性海军陆战队员而贬低她。’
Lance Corporal Merola 是来自 Rancho Cucamonga 的海军陆战队员, 加利福尼亚州.
他被分配到第二营, 1圣海军陆战队, 1圣海军陆战队, 我海军远征军, 位于彭德尔顿营, 加利福尼亚州.
这位 20 岁的年轻人毕业于洛斯奥索斯高中, 根据 KABC-TV.
Students honored him at the football game on the Friday after the attack by wearing red, 白色和蓝色.
“迪伦是一个心爱的儿子, 哥哥, 孙子, 曾孙, 侄子, 好朋友, 和一个勇敢的士兵,’ 家人朋友约瑟夫松冈说 GoFundMe 为他的葬礼筹款的页面.
中士. 约翰尼·罗萨里奥, 25
海军中士. 约翰尼·罗萨里奥, 25
海军中士. 约翰尼·罗萨里奥·皮查多 (Johanny Rosario Pichardo) 是劳伦斯 (Lawrence) 的海军陆战队中士, 马萨诸塞州分配到第 5 海军陆战队远征旅, 巴林海军支援活动.
纳斯塔西娅凯悦酒店, 前海军陆战队, 回忆罗萨里奥在 Facebook 帖子中帮助她度过困难时期.
‘你让我重获新生. 起死回生……起死回生……’ 凯悦写道. “我希望我能给你最后一个拥抱，让你起死回生, 最后一个微笑, 最后一次小睡, 最后一顿饭……最后一顿饭。’
‘她在我儿子旁边的我的后半部分. 就像她是我的一切. 除了我的儿子，她是我所知道的人类中最伟大的爱. 这一击重创,’ 凯悦说.
“本周喀布尔发生爆炸事件，军人和军人丧生，我们感到心碎. 我和劳伦斯市特别难过，其中一个勇敢的灵魂是我们城市的女儿,’ 劳伦斯市长肯德里斯·瓦斯奎兹在一份声明中说 WCVB-TV.
索尼娅·古兹曼, 多米尼加共和国驻美国大使, 发推文说，多米尼加社区分担损失.
罗萨里奥曾在海军两栖部队服役, 特遣部队第 51/5 海军陆战队远征旅, 它赞扬了她今年春天担任供应主管的努力，并感谢她出色地完成了工作.
在劳伦斯, 马萨诸塞州, 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,’ 他说. ‘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,’ 市长说.
Rosario (中央) was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts with the Naval Amphibious Force, 特遣部队第 51/5 海军陆战队远征旅
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. 我得到它,’ 他说. ‘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,’ 市长说.
'此时, 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, 俄亥俄. He was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1圣海军陆战队, Camp Pendleton, 加利福尼亚州
Weeks before his death, he made a tragic Instagram post on June 10, 在据信是阿富汗的地方分享与其他军人合影的照片.
“要么杀，要么被杀, 绝对要在杀戮方面,’ 他在帖子的评论中写道. 海军军人经常与海军陆战队一起工作, 没有自己的医务人员.
Soviak 的妹妹 Marilyn 在她自己的 Instagram 帖子中说，她的兄弟在那里“帮助人们”.
‘我的美丽, 智能, 敲打他自己的鼓声, 恼人的, 迷人的小弟弟昨天被杀，帮助挽救生命. 他是个他妈的医生. 在那里帮助人们，现在他走了，我的家人再也不会一样了,’ 她写了.
“他只是个孩子. 我们把孩子送到那里去死. 孩子们的家庭现在和我们一样有漏洞,’ 她补充说. ‘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, 俄亥俄, 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 (中央), 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 (剩下) and Daegan Page (对) 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, 俄亥俄
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, 根据 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
David Lee Espinoza, 20, was one of the Marines killed in the attack
David Lee Espinoza, was a 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Rio Grande, 德州.
他的母亲, Elizabeth Holguin, 说过: ‘He was a very good person. He served his country. He helped in any way he could. He was there (在阿富汗), 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,’ 她说.
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,’ 他的母亲, Elizabeth Holguin, told the Laredo Morning Times.
在声明中, 我们. 代表. Henry Cuellar said Espinoza ’embodied the values of America: grit, 奉献, 服务, 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. 先生. 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, a brother, a husband and a father with a baby due in just 3 周数,’ 她说.
‘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, 种类, 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, 朋友们, and the entire Jackson community,’ 她补充说.
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, 对, 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,’ 他告诉DailyMail.com.
‘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, 和他的妻子, 塔利亚, 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.’
我们. 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, 密苏里州
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was a 20-year-old from Wentzville, 密苏里州.
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, 加利福尼亚州
Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, 加利福尼亚州.
Nikoui’s father Steve, 一个木匠, vented his frustrations at Biden in an interview with the 每日野兽.
‘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. 就是这样,’ 他说
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, 你懂, inform the next of kin?’
Marine Kareem Nikoui, 与他的母亲合影, 被杀害. His father said he blames Biden for abandoning them in Kabul
‘I was actually trying to console them. But at the same time, 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,’ 他说.
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 [Marine Corps] 家庭. 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,’ 他说.
Speaking outside Kareem’s home, a relative told DailyMail.com that Kareem’s family were inside signing the documents required to repatriate him.
他加了: ‘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, 对, 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, 她写了: ‘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 miles east of Los Angeles.
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, 八月 26, 2021.
'美国. 海军陆战队, 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,’ the statement added.
‘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, 也被杀, 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 (以上)
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, 犹他州
Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, 犹他州, was another of the service members killed outside the Kabul airport, his family told KSL-TV.
他被分配到第二营, 1圣海军陆战队, 1圣海军陆战队, 我海军远征军, Camp Pendleton, 加利福尼亚州.
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, 在脸书上写道.
‘My handsome nephew, Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover. Taylor spent his entire adult life as a Marine, 服务. Doing the hard things that most of us can’t do. He is a hero,’ Jeremy Soto, an uncle, 写.
‘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. 我们的心碎了. 休克, disbelief, 恐怖, 悲伤, sorrow, anger and grief,’ Brittany Jones Barnett, an aunt, 添加.
‘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. 我们都很喜欢你,’ 她补充说.
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, pictured holding a young family member, died in Kabul
Taylor Hoover, a Utah native, was mourned by his mother Kelly Barnett, 剩下, 和女朋友, Nicole Weiss, 对, 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, 他父亲说.
Hoover, 中央, 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, 犹他州, 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,’ 他说.
我们. 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 & nation, and we’ll never forget his unwavering devotion,’ 他在一份声明中写道.
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
犹他州州长. 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. Taylor Hoover. Staff Sgt. 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 美国广播公司 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
Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Corryton, 田纳西州. Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, 北卡罗来纳.
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 [学校],’ 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 美国广播公司 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,’ 她说.
Knauss, 23, 对, said he wanted to move to Washington D.C. when he returned
Members of the Knauss family mourned Ryan’s death on social media
我们. 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,’ 她写了. ‘Our hearts ache for Wayne and Neena… and all families.’
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, 内布拉斯加
Corporal Daegan Page, 23
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, 内布拉斯加.
在声明中, 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,’ 一家人说.
‘Daegan’s girlfriend Jessica, his mom, 爸爸, step-mom, step-dad, 4 兄弟姐妹, and grandparents are all mourning the loss of a great son, 孙子, and brother.’
Page grew up in Omaha and Red Oak, 爱荷华州. 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. Marine Corps.
‘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
页, 剩下, 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,’ 一家人说.
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,’ 她在Facebook上写道.
The Omaha, 内布拉斯加, native was looking forward to returning home, his family said
页, 中央, hoped to reunite with friends back home and go to trade school
页, third from the left, rear, was drawn to the sense of brotherhood within the Marine Corps
我们. 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 我们. service members who were murdered in the terrorist attacks against our evacuation efforts in Kabul, 阿富汗,’ 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, 印第安那州.
‘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, a friend, 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