‘We Will Not Forget’: 13 Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Identified

By: Alyssa Wilson

The remains of the 13 service members killed in an attack outside the Kabul Airport Thursday have been returned to the United States.  

After a suicide bombing outside the airport, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed the deaths on Twitter, saying, “We can confirm that a number of U.S. service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds. We also know that a number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack.”   

President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday night and vowed to make the individuals responsible pay for their acts. “We will not forgive you. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said. “I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”  

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The Department of Defense identified the fallen service members as:  

  • 22-year-old Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak of Ohio  

  • 23-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Knauss of Tennessee 

  • 31-year-old Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Darin T. Hoover Jr of Utah 

  • 25-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Massachusetts  

  • 23-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee of California 

  • 22-year-old Marne Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez of California 

  • 23-year-old Marine Corps Corporal Daegan W. Page of Nebraska 

  • 22-year-old Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez of Indiana 

  • 20-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal David L. Espinoza of Texas 
  • 20-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared M. Schmitz of Missouri 

  • 20-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum of Wyoming 

  • 20-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dylan R. Merola of California 

  • 20-year-old Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem M. Nikoui of California  

RELATED: Thousands of Civilians Remain Desperate to Escape Afghanistan After Taliban Takeover  

On Sunday, their remains were flown from Afghanistan to the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden were there to pay their respects to the fallen service members.  

RELATED: Chaos Erupts in Afghanistan as the Taliban Takes Over the Capital  

U.S. military officials and Biden said the attack would not deter the United States from completing evacuations by the August 31 deadline. A U.S. defense system stopped several missiles aimed at Kabul Airport, and leaders launched an airstrike against ISIS-K in retaliation for the deaths of American service members. The attack left several civilians, including children, dead.  

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