13 U.S. Service Members Killed

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Pictures of the 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Dakota Creel, Staff Writer

An attack outside of the Hamid Karzai International in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 13 U.S. service members. These service members were outwardly supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. According to a press release from the Department of Defense, one Navy corpsman and one soldier were “killed as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations.” This press release also named the names of the fallen U.S. soldiers. 

Sergeant Johanny Rosairo Pichardo of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was killed at the age of 25. Sergeant Pichardo was assigned to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval support Activity Bahrain. Marine 1st Lt. John Coppola said said in a statement to the Boston Global that, “Her service was not only crucial to evacuating thousands of women and children, but epitomizes what it means to be a Marine: putting herself in danger for the protection of American values so that others might enjoy them. She is a hero, and her legacy will never be forgotten.”

Sergeant Nicole L. Gee of Sacramento, California, was killed at the age of 23. Sargeant Gee was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sargeant Gee entered the Marine Corps in 2017.

Staff Sergeant Darin T. Hoover of Salt Lake City, Utah, was killed at the age of 31. Sergeant Hoover’s speciality was 0369, infantry unit leader. Sergeant Hoover had many awards and decorations including, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and many others. 

Corporal Hunter Lopez of Indio, California, was killed at the age of 22. Corporal Lopez had many awards and decorations such as, Meritorious Mast, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and many more.

Corporal Daegan W. Page of Omaha, Nebraska, was killed at the age of 23. Corporal Page’s decorations consist of a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, an several others. 

Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, was killed at the age 22. His awards and decorations consists of, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and many others to count.

Lance Corporal David L. Espinoza of Rio Bravo, Texas, was killed at the age of 20. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other awards in his honor are pending approval. 

Lance Corporal Jared M. Schmitz of St. Charles, Missouri, was killed at the age of 20. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other awards in his honor are pending approval. 

Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum of Jackson, Wyoming, was killed at the age of 20. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other possible awards in his honor pending approval consist of, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Lance Corporal Dylan R. Merola of Rancho Cucamonga, California, was killed at the age of 20. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other possible awards in his honor pending approval consist of, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Lance Corporal Karmeen M. Nikoui of Norco, California, was killed at the age of 20. Corporal Nikoui’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other possible awards in his honor pending approval consist of, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak of Berlin Heights, Ohio, was killed at the age of 22. Corpsman Soviak was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California.

Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Knauss of Corryton, Tennessee, was killed at the age of 23. Sergeant Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Thoughts go out to all families of these fallen soldiers in their time of grieving.