As 1000’s of individuals sought a means out of Afghanistan to flee the Taliban, scores of them have been killed in a suicide bombing exterior Kabul airport on Thursday.
The devastating assault by Islamic State offshoot ISIS-Ok which killed between 79 and 169 Afghans and 13 US army personnel – most of them Marines.
Not one of the Afghans who have been killed have been recognized, nonetheless, names have began to emerge of the US troops who died as their households and family members pay tribute.
The 20-year-old was a Marine from Bondurant, Wyoming, whose spouse is anticipating a child in three weeks, in response to his sister Cheyenne McCollum.
“He was so excited to be a dad, and he was going to be an amazing dad,” she mentioned, including that he had needed to be a historical past trainer and a wrestling coach after his service.
“We need to guarantee that individuals know that these are the youngsters which are sacrificing themselves, and he is obtained a household who loves him and a spouse who loves him and a child that he’ll by no means get to fulfill.”
One other sister, Roice McCollum, informed the Casper Star Tribune that her brother was on his first deployment.
Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui
The Lance Corporal, 20, is survived by his dad and mom and three siblings, who have been described by household good friend Paul Arreola as “heartbroken”.
Mr Arreola mentioned Mr Nikoui was an “superb younger man” who had all the time needed to be a Marine, including: “He liked this nation and every thing we stand for. It is simply so arduous to know that we have misplaced him.”
Mr Nikoui was within the Junior Reserve Officers’ Coaching Corps and the Norco Excessive Faculty Air Pressure JROTC mentioned on Fb that he had been “certainly one of our greatest Air Pressure JROTC cadets”.
He had despatched movies to his household hours earlier than his demise of his interactions with Afghan kids, telling certainly one of them: “All proper, we’re heroes now, man.”
The 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal grew up in St Louis and his father was informed of his demise when Marines got here to his dwelling in Wentzville, Missouri, within the early hours of Friday.
Mr Schmitz mentioned: “(Being a Marine) was one thing he all the time needed to do, and I’ve by no means seen a younger man prepare as arduous as he did to be the most effective soldier he might be.
“His life meant a lot extra. I am extremely devastated that I will not be capable to see the person that he was in a short time rising into turning into.”
The navy medic was described by his sister Marilyn as “my lovely, clever, beat-to-the-sound of his personal drum, annoying, charming child brother”.
Mr Soviak, from Ohio, was remembered by his household in an announcement as “a beautiful son who liked his household, his group, and was proud to serve within the US Navy”.
“He was excited in regards to the alternatives the navy would supply him and deliberate to make the navy a profession.
“We’re extremely happy with his service to our nation.”
The Workers Sergeant, 31, was an 11-year veteran of the Marines from Utah, with two sisters and a girlfriend in California.
His father, Darin Hoover, was informed of his demise when Marines got here to his home in Salt Lake Metropolis on Thursday night time.
Mr Hoover mentioned of his son: “He’s a hero. He gave his life defending these that may’t defend themselves, doing what he liked – serving his nation.”
He mentioned he had heard from Marines all through the day on Friday who had served along with his son and mentioned they have been grateful to have had him as their sergeant.
“They give the impression of being again on him and say that they’ve discovered a lot from him. One heck of a frontrunner.
“He was essentially the most loving, giving, understanding particular person you might ever meet.”
Deagan William-Tyeler Web page
The Corporal, 23, was based mostly at Camp Pendleton in California and had hoped to go to commerce faculty and probably turn into a lineman after his service ended.
Web page was raised in Crimson Oak, Iowa, and joined the Marines after ending highschool.
He leaves behind a girlfriend, dad and mom, step-mother and step-father, 4 siblings, and grandparents.
In an announcement, his household mentioned: “Daegan will all the time be remembered for his powerful outer shell and big coronary heart.
“Our hearts are damaged, however we’re grateful for the family and friends who’re surrounding us throughout this time. Our ideas and prayers are additionally with the opposite Marine and Navy households whose family members died alongside Daegan.”
The 23-year-old Military Workers Sergeant was a motivated man who liked his nation and was wanting ahead to shifting to Washington DC on his return from Afghanistan, his household mentioned.
His grandfather Wayne Knauss informed WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee: “He was a believer, so we are going to see him once more in God’s heaven.”
His step-mother Linnae Knauss described him as “a super-smart, hilarious younger man”.
Mr Knauss had solely been within the nation for every week earlier than his demise, and had beforehand spent 9 months in Afghanistan, his grandmother informed WVLT.
The 22-year-old labored with the sheriff’s division for 3 years earlier than becoming a member of the Marines in 2017, in response to Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco.
Mr Bianco mentioned Mr Lopez deliberate to comply with on this dad and mom’ footsteps and turn into a sheriff’s deputy after his deployment.
On Fb, he mentioned: “I’m unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez household as they grieve over the lack of their American hero.
“Our complete division is mourning this tragic loss. The Lopez household exemplifies the which means of service above self.”
David Lee Espinoza
The Lance Corporal, 20, was from Laredo, Texas, and his demise was confirmed by Congressman Henry Cuellar.
In an announcement, Mr Cuellar mentioned Mr Espinoza “embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service, and valour”.
“When he joined the army after highschool, he did so with the intention of defending our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.”
Mr Cuellar concluded: “The courageous by no means die. Mr Espinoza is a hero.”