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Utah Sergeant killed in action in Kabul to be buried at Arlington Cemetery


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Published on September 20, 2021 12:02 PM
WASHINGTON (SBG) — U.S. Marine Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover of Utah, who was killed during the devastating blast at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 26, will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday.

Of the 13 U.S. troops killed by the attack, Sgt. Hoover is the only soldier to be buried at the nation's top military cemetery.

A procession will take place Monday, starting at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, and will pass through Maryland, before reaching their final destination in Arlington, Va. at the Murphy Funeral Home...

The 13 US service members killed in Afghanistan airport bombing

Thirteen U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing attack near Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday as thousands sought to flee following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.

Among them were 11 Marines, according to the Pentagon, plus one Navy hospital corpsman and one Army soldier. At least 18 other U.S. service members were injured, and at least 169 Afghans were also killed.

The Afghan victims included a news agency founder. British officials also said there were two citizens and the child of another citizen among the dead.

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 Rosario Pichardo, 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 Hospital Corpsman Max W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover

Flags flew at half-staff in Utah as more flags lined the street outside the family home of Marine Darin Taylor Hoover.

The Department of Defense confirmed Hoover's death on Saturday. Multiple media outlets reported Hoover went by his middle name. This undated photo released by the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton/U.S. Marines shows Staff Sergeant Darin T. Hoover.

Hoover, 31, was remembered by family as a hero who lived to serve.

"He gave his life protecting those that can't protect themselves, doing what he loved: Serving his country," said his father, Darin Hoover.

Taylor Hoover served in the Marines for 11 years.

Darin Hoover said Taylor was best friends with his two sisters and left behind a girlfriend in California. He described his son as someone who "lit up a room."

Darin Hoover said other Marines who worked with his son reached out to him to say how much they learned from him.

"One heck of a leader," Darin Hoover said.

Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed the staff sergeant's death in a statement Friday and thanked him for his service, saying, "We'll never forget his unwavering devotion."

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