This past Thursday the Islamic State attacked the gates of the Kabul airport, causing more than 170 deaths. There and in its surroundings, thousands of people gathered who, after the victory of the Taliban, despair to try to leave the country on international evacuation flights. Of the total deaths, 13 were US soldiers, according to figures from the Armed Forces. In addition, 18 others were injured. August 25 was the deadliest day for US forces in Afghanistan since 2011.
The 13 US soldiers were working on evacuation tasks when the events occurred. They came from different states of the country and their average age was not more than 22 years old, as reported by The New York Times, who has drawn up a profile of each of them.
Darin T. Hoover, 31, Marine Corps Sergeant
Marine Corps Sgt. Darin T. Hoover was 31 years old and hailed from Sant Lake City, Utah. His father has said in an interview in The New York Times that “he was a born leader”, also that he loved his country and that this was the third time he was on a mission in Afghanistan.
Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, Marine Corps Sergeant
Johanny Rosario Pichardo was 25 years old and a sergeant in the Marine Corps. He came from Lawrence in Massachusetts. Her family, The New York Times reports, has asked the mayor of the city that the young woman be recognized “as the heroine she was.” So thinks the first lieutenant of the Marine Corps, who has assured in a statement that it was “crucial to evacuate thousands of women and children.”
Nicole L. Gee, 23, Marine Corps Sergeant
From Sacramento, California, Nicole L. Gee, 23, was a Marine Corps sergeant and is one of 13 US servicemen killed in the Islamic State bombing at the Kabul airport. In one of her latest posts on social networks, the young woman uploaded a photo taking a child that she titled “I love my job.” One of his colleagues, The New York Times reports, has written on Facebook that the sergeant’s car was still parked at a Marine Corps base in North Carolina and that he would drive it from time to time to ensure “that it would be fine for when I got home. ”
Hunter Lopez, 22, Marine Corps Corporal
Hunter Lopez was 22 years old and a corporal in the Marine Corps. It came from Indio, in California. In an interview, quoted by The New York Times, his mother tells how she saved an Afghan boy in recent days by taking him away in a safe place a few kilometers from a danger zone. Both of the young man’s parents work for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Daegan W. Page, 23, Marine Corps Corporal
Corporal Page, 23, was from Omaha. He joined the Corps after finishing high school, his family reported in a statement. He had four brothers and his hobbies included hockey, which he played, or hunting, which he practiced with his father. He was Boy Scouts and had a “soft spot” for his dogs, according to the aforementioned note.
Humberto A. Sanchez, 22 years old, corporal of the Marine Corps
Humberto A. Sanchez was 22 years old and lived in Logansport, Indiana. The mayor of the city thanked in a speech collected by The New York Times his sacrifice to “put himself in danger” in the mission in Kabul. For his part, the governor of the state of Indiana has promised to “honor him” and has stressed that “few” respond “to such a dangerous call” as the corporal did.
David L. Espinoza, 20, Marine Corps Corporal
Coming from Rio Bravo, Texas, Corporal David L. Espinoza was 20 years old. In a television interview, his mother explained that the young man had been stationed in Jordan for two years and that, after that, he had left for Kabul a week ago. “I’m proud of him for what he did, but as a mother, you know, it’s difficult.”
Jared M. Schmitz, 20, Marine Corps Corporal
Corporal Schmitz, 20, lived in Saint Louis, Missouri, and had been stationed in Jordan before leaving for Afghanistan two weeks ago. “It’s something he always wanted to do,” his father said in an interview, in which he indicated that “he had never seen a young man train as hard as him to be the best soldier he could be.”
Rylee J. McCollum, 20, Marine Corps Corporal
J. McCollum, 20, hailed from Jackson, Wyoming. From the age of three he dreamed of entering the Marine Corps. His father said it in an interview in which he explained that he was informed of the status of his son through an app. When he heard the news that 13 US servicemen had died, he sent a message that no longer received a response.
Dylan R. Merola, 20, Marine Corps Corporal
Corporal Dylan R. Merola, 20, was from Rancho Cucamonga, California. In a television interview, which The New York Times collects, his mother has defined him as a “kind and loving” person. In addition, his grandmother has said that R. Merola said that he wanted to go home to his family. He had been transferred to Afghanistan a little over a week ago.
Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, Marine Corps Corporal
Kareen M. Nikoui hailed from Norco, California, and was 20 years old. In an interview in local media, his father has expressed that his son “loved” his colleagues in the Corps and that he hoped to “make a career” there. In addition, he has underlined his frustration with the Government of the country for “endangering” his son and other colleagues.
Maxton W. Soviak, 22, Navy Physician
Maxton W. Soviak, a Navy physician, was 22 years old from Berlin Heights, Ohio. He had graduated from high school in 2017, says The New York Times, which records an interview with his high school soccer coach. Jim Hall has described the doctor as someone “energetic”: “He was a passionate child.”
Ryan C. Knauss, 23, Army Sergeant
Sergeant Knauss, 23, was from Corryton, Tennessee. In a television interview, his grandfather has reported that he was in the army for five years. Also, one of her teachers at the institute recalled how she had then written an essay that said that her role models were people who oppose power to help people.