Senate passes bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to service members killed in Kabul bombing

Marine Cpl. Daegan Page of Omaha was killed in the blast in August
Cpl. Daegan Page

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to award the 13 US service members killed in the Kabul airport bombing with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The House unanimously passed the bill in late October, two months after the service members were killed and now await President Biden’s signature.

Eleven marines, one Navy hospitalman and one Army staff sergeant were killed in the blast.

The 13 service members killed in the blast were:

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 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 Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee

Dozens more were killed in the suicide bombing attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in August.

ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.

The legislation says, “The American servicemembers went above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens of the United States and our allies to ensure they are brought to safety in an extremely dangerous situation as the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan.”


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