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Aug 30

Monday Mourning

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 2:40 PM by Melinda Mayo

Blessed are those that mourn, for they will be comforted 

Matthew 5:4 – Holy Bible New International Version

 Today, with this post, I want to acknowledge and mourn the 13 most recent service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan in service to each of us.  They join nearly 2,500 others who met that same fate beginning with Sargent First Class Nathan Chapman in the early days of 2002.  May they all rest in peace and may their families find comfort in their mourning.

 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California

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

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri

Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska

 

-- Bob Cowell

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