David Lee Espinoza, 20, Marines
from Laredo Texas, Mr. Espinoza joined the military after high school. Mr Espinoza was killed on August 26th, 2021 in Kabul Afghanistan by a suicide bomb which was detonated by Isis terrorists. He was sent to Kabul to assist Americans and Afghans evacuate to safety. He leaves behind a brother, mother and stepfather.
Maxton Soviak, 22, US Navy Medic
Soviak, a Navy hospital corpsman, was from Berlin Heights, Ohio, and graduated from
Edison High School in Milan in 2017.
His sister wrote on Instagram about him: “He was a medic. There to help people. And now he is gone and my family will never be the same. There is a large Maxton sized hole that will never be filled.”
Kareem Mikoui, 20 years old, Marines
Kareem was from Norco California and was stationed at Camp Pendelton before deployment to Afghanistan. In an interview his father said, “Kareem really loved the Marine Corps family. He was devoted. No hesitation for him to be called to duty.” He added “I blame my own military leaders...Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.” The day before he was killed, he sent home a video of himself giving candy to Afghan children.
Rylee McCollum, 20 years old, Marines
Rylee, from Bondurant Wyoming,was on his first deployement, was just married and 3 weeks away from being a new father when he was killed in Kabul Afghanistan by a suicide bomber on August 26, 2021. “He was determined to be in infantry … Rylee wanted to be a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving his country. He’s a tough, kind, loving kid who made an impact on everyone he met. His jokes and wit brought so much joy.” (Caspar Star Tribune)
Jared Schmitz, 20 years old, Marines
Jared Schmitz, lance corporal from St Charles, Missouri was on his first deployment when he was killed in Kabul Afghanistan by a terrorist suicide bomb. From his father: “Jared had always dreamed of being a soldier. I am so incredibly devastated that I won’t be able to see the man that he was very quickly growing into becoming.” (KMOX TV)
Hunter Lopez, 22, Marine
from Riverside CA
Hunter planed to follow in his parents footsteps and
become a sheriff’s deputy after deployment.
“Like his parents who serve our community, being a Marine to Hunter wasn’t a job; it was a calling. He loved his family, and as we grieve for Hunter and his fellow Marines taken from us too soon, there are simply no words to express how deeply he will be missed — Semper Fi.” (Statement by Riverside County Deputy Sheriff’s Department)
Daegan William-Tyeler Page
23 years old, Marine Corps
Marine Cpl. Daegan Page was a native of Omaha, Nebraska...he loved hockey and hunting and “will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and giant heart,” his family said Friday August 27, 2021. Daegan joined the Marines out of high school, served with the 2nd Regiment of the 1st Marine Regiment, a unit known as “The Professionals” based at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
Nicole Gee, 23, Marines “I love my job.”
Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, had recently earned meritorious promotion to sergeant and boasted perfect fitness scores. She was from Roseville, Calif. These words were posted by SGT Mallory Harrison her room mate at Camp Lejeune....“I find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved,” “She was a Marine’s Marine. She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light in this dark world.”
Dylan Merola, 20 years old, Marines
Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola arrived in Kabul less than two weeks before he was killed in the suicide bombing attack, according to his older brother. Home for Dylan was Rancho Cucamonga, California where he graduated from Los Osos High School. “He always showed up with a smile and brought energy to everyone he was with,” according to high school friend Benjamin Grunchy.
Humberto Sanchez, 22 years old, Marines
Humberto, from Logansport Indiana, was just four years out of high school when he was killed in Kabul. “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,” wrote Chris Martin Mayor of his home town.
Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, Marines
Sgt. Johanny Rosario, a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts was a member of the US Marine Corps’ Female Engagement Team. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School and attended Bridgewater State University. In May, Rosario had been honored by the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and was with them on the ground aiding in evacuations at the Kabul airport.
Darin Taylor Hoover Jr., 31, Marines
Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, from Midvale, Utah was “One heck of a leader” according to those who served under him. His uncle wrote on social media: “He spent his life doing the hard things that most of us can’t do. He is a hero.”
His father told Washington Post writers, “He was a high school fottball player who lit up a room...He was the most loving, giving, understanding person you could ever meet.”
Ryan Knauss, 23 years old, Army
Ryan, from Knoxville, Tennesee was the first US Army soldier identified as killed by a suicide bomber on August 26th, 2021. He joined the Army shortly after graduating from high school, enjoyed building things and helping his wife tend her garden, according to his stepmother. His grandfather described Ryan as a devout Christian, “He was a believer so we will see him again in God’s heaven.”