Department of Defense identifies 13 service members killed in Kabul airport attack

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Smoke rises from explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The explosion went off outside Kabul’s airport, where thousands of people have flocked as they try to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Officials offered no casualty count, but a witness said several people appeared to have been killed or wounded Thursday. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

We are now learning the identities of those service members killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.

Eleven Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier were among the dead, while 18 other U.S. service members were wounded in Thursday’s bombing, which also claimed the lives of more than 160 Afghans. Officials have blamed the bombing on Afghanistan’s offshoot of the Islamic State group.

Those service members killed in the attack are:

Marines

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah. 
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. 
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California. 
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California. 
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana. 
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas. 
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.  
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming. 
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California. 
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California. 

Navy

  • Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio. 

Army

  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee. 

The U.S. military said it was the most lethal day for American forces in Afghanistan since 2011.

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