Nebraska Man Among Marines Killed in Afghanistan Attack

An Omaha man was one of the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan Thursday. Daegan Page, 23, was a U.S. Marine and went to Millard South High School.
Cpl. Daegan Page

OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) An Omaha man was one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan Thursday. Daegan Page, 23, was a U.S. Marine and went to Millard South High School.

“Our beloved son, Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Daegan joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Millard South High School. He loved the brotherhood of the Marines and was proud to serve as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California,” said his family in a statement.

The statement says he was raised in Red Oak, Iowa and played hockey for Omaha Westside in the Omaha Hockey Club. He was also a longtime member of the Boy Scouts.

“Our hearts are broken, but we are thankful for the friends and family who are surrounding us at this time.” After the Marines, Page planned on going to a local trade school and possibly becoming a lineman.

His family says he was a genuinely happy guy. “Daegan always looked forward to coming home and hanging out with family and many buddies from Nebraska.”

Local leaders are sending condolences to Page’s loved ones.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the death of Corporal Page, one of the U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan,” U.S. Congressman Don Bacon wrote. “No words can express the devastation, frustration, and sorrow his family is experiencing right now. I pray for the healing and comfort of his family and friends during this difficult time. Corporal Page is an American hero who gave the last full measure of devotion. He served his country honorably, and his service will never be in vain.”

U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry said in a statement, “I was just notified about the death of Marine Corporal Page. My heart was already broken over our country’s loss of 13 service members in Afghanistan. Now the loss is even harder. God bless Corporal Page. He saved lives and served his country honorably. His life was cut short, but had ultimate meaning. By his bravery and will, many others will have a chance. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family.”

The attack at the Kabul airport carried out by a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. troops and 60 Afghans. It was the deadliest attack incident involving American service members in over a decade.

Categories: Nebraska News, News, Top Stories, US & World