August 26, 2021: Remembering the Kabul 13

On August 26, 2021, 13 service members lost their lives and 18 were wounded amid the chaos of the Afghanistan withdrawal wenn a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. Were the 130,000 or so persons evacuated from Kabul worth the bloodshed? For the families of the service members who died?  The opinions are mixed on that. The Afghans who got their ride were not all vetted and some dangerous people slipped through. All while leaving some Americans behind – some who are still there. But the 11 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman, and 1 Army service member were called to duty, and they served to their last breath. It’s what they do, and why we should remember the Kabul 13.

Yesterday the US Marine Corps released a powerful video that reminds us of the sacrifices of our service members. It’s a reminder that woke politics and all the irrelevant rhetoric that goes with it fails at the feet of men and women who gave their “last full measure of devotion.”


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

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

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

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.

Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio


Semper Fidelis, ladies and gentlemen. We will never let them forget you.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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