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Omaha Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, other service members killed in Afghan bombing awarded Purple Hearts

Omaha Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, other service members killed in Afghan bombing awarded Purple Hearts

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WASHINGTON  — The sailor who was killed in the suicide bomber attack during the evacuation mission in Afghanistan late last month has been posthumously promoted, according to the Navy. And he and the 12 other service members who died during the attack have been awarded Purple Hearts.

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Daegan Page 

One of the dozen others was Cpl. Daegan Page, 23, of Omaha. Page was a youth hockey player and graduate of Millard South High School before joining the Marines.

The 13 service members were killed Aug. 26 as they were helping to screen Afghans and others at the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport. At least 169 Afghans were also killed in the bombing, as they struggled to get into the airport and on flights out of the country.

Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, was promoted to the rank of hospital corpsman third class, and in addition to the Purple Heart was also awarded the Fleet Marine Force Corpsman warfare badge. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

The others awarded the Purple Heart: Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee; and 10 other Marines: Staff Sgt. Darin Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California; Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.

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