These are the American soldiers killed in the attack on the Kabul airport

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A terrorist attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in Afghanistan left 11 Marines, an army soldier and a navy soldier dead on Thursday, injuring 20 other soldiers and inflicting more bloodshed on civilians Afghans.

The military was holding the airport as the Biden administration rushes to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from the country following a swift Taliban offensive that has recaptured the country.

The ISIS-K terrorist group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing aimed at disrupting the massive evacuation effort of Americans, Afghan allies and third-party nationals outside the US-held airport.

It was the deadliest attack on US troops in Afghanistan in over a decade.

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Here are the men and women who gave their lives to support a massive evacuation effort to save the American citizens and their Afghan allies:

Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover

31, a US Navy from Utah

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The Salt Lake City native was “a born leader,” his father, also named Darin Hoover, told city news channel KSL-TV.

Young Hoover was 11 on September 11, 2001, and Al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks left him determined to join the military, his father told the station.

Sgt. Johanny rosariopichardo

25, US Marine of Massachusetts

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Rosariopichardo, from Lawrence, Mass., Was assigned to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, U.S. Naval Base Bahrain.

She went by “Rosario” for short, according to Boston-based WCVB-TV.

“Naval Sergeant Johanny Rosario represented the best our country has to offer,” Massachusetts MP Lori Trahan said in a statement on Saturday. “She made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in protecting vulnerable Americans and Afghans trying to find safety – a selfless and honorable mission.”

Trahan vowed that the terrorists behind the attack would be brought to justice.

Sgt. Nicole L. Gee

23 years old, US Marine from California

Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) calm infants during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20.  U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the State Department with a non-combatant evacuation (NEO) operation in Afghanistan.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) calm infants during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20. U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the State Department with a non-combatant evacuation (NEO) operation in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

Gee, a native of Sacramento, was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

A few days before the attack, she shared on Instagram a photo of herself taken by another Marine holding an Afghan baby in Kabul, with the caption: “I love my job.” Another photo showed her standing guard as a group of evacuees loaded onto a military plane before a flight to safety.

Three weeks ago, in a separate article, she said she had been promoted to sergeant in Kuwait.

Cpl. Hunter Lopez

22, California US Marine

(Riverside County Sheriff’s Office)

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Both of her parents are members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.

“Like her parents who serve our community, being a Marine for Hunter was not a job; it was a calling,” the Riverside Sheriff’s Association said in a statement. “He loved his family, and while we mourn for Hunter and his fellow Marines who were taken from us too soon, there are simply no words to express how much we will miss him – Semper Fi.”

Lopez had planned to become an assistant himself after returning from his deployment, according to FOX Los Angeles.

Cpl. Daegan W. Page

23 years old, US Marine from Nebraska,

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez

22, Indiana US Marine

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“This young man was not even 30 years old and still had his whole life ahead of him,” Chris Martin, mayor of Logansport, Sanchez’s hometown, wrote in a Facebook post. “Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were sacrificed because of the heart he showed in putting himself in danger to protect the lives of others.”

Cpl. David L. Espinoza

20, US Navy Texas

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Texas Representative Henry Cuellar wrote that Rio Bravo’s Espinoza embodied American values ​​and that “the brave never die.”

“Mr. Espinoza, a Marine from Laredo killed in Afghanistan, embodied America’s values: courage, dedication, service and bravery,” he wrote. “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.”

Cpl. Jared schmitz

20, US Marine of Missouri

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Schmitz, of St. Charles, was also on his first deployment, according to the St. Louis-based FOX 2.

In a Facebook post, State Representative Nick Schroer said Schmitz was from St. Charles County and praised him as “a true American hero.”

Lance Cp. Rylee J. McCollum

20, U.S. Navy Wyoming

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

McCollum, of Jackson, Wyo., Was on his first deployment to Afghanistan when the bomb went off, family members told the Casper Star-Tribune newspaper.

He recently married and the couple are expecting a baby in the next three weeks, family members told the newspaper.

Cpl. Dylan R. Merola

20, California US Marine

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Merola, of Rancho Cucamonga, was honored by students at her old school, Los Osos High School, ahead of their first football game of the season on Friday night, according to CBS 2 Los Angeles.

He had planned to become an engineer someday, his mother told the station.

Cpl. Kareem Nikoui

20, a US Marine from California

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Nikoui was another member of the 2nd Battalion.

His father, Steve Nikoui, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday that his son loved his job and had always wanted to be a Marine.

But after the bombing, Nikoui said he spent hours nervously waiting for news of his son.

“As soon as I saw them turn the corner I saw it was three Navy suits, my life changed forever,” he said.

Elder Nikoui shared a video with Fox News on Friday in which he said his son had sent him the day before he died. He showed him giving candy to smiling Afghan children at the airport.

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Marine Hospitalman Max Soviak

22, Ohio naval medic

Soviak was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Ryan knauss

23-year-old US Army soldier from Tennessee

Corryton resident Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His grandfather, Wayne Knauss, told WATE-TV that he was “a motivated young man who loved his country”.

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“He was a believer, so we will see him again in God’s paradise,” he added.

“Ryan embodies American heroism – saving people he had never met before, from lingering evil,” Senator Marsha Blackburn said Friday night. “We will never forget his sacrifice in the service of his country.”



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