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Friends and Family remember US service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan

An American Legion Post in Lackawanna County paid tribute to the 13 American Service Members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Thursday.

13 shot glasses were placed on a table inside Post 568 along Birney Avenue in Scranton, one for each member of the military who was killed in the Kabul bombing. “We’re all brothers. It doesn’t matter if you’re Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard. You’re family, and that’s how I look at it. We’re all family, and that’s the biggest thing,” said Thomas Benson. There were also two candles and an American flag to honor the fallen service members.

President Joe Biden commended the “bravery and sacrifice” of the U.S military Friday, calling the 13 deaths “tragic” but saying they died for a “worthy mission.” Names and other details of the service members killed were released by the Department of Defense on Saturday:

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

U.S. 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, 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 Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska

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

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WASHINGTON POST

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