Keeping their families in your prayers on this Memorial Day

 Today, I remember and honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our country. This Memorial Day, I am focusing on these 13 service men and women who were killed during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. 

August 26, 2021

The Department of Defense identified the fallen as a Navy sailor, Army soldier, and 11 Marines. They are as follows:

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri
  • 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
  • Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee

Lord, be with their families and friends on this day of mourning. May their memory be a blessing and their sacrifice be remembered for generations. 

Lastly, I can never forget my friend/neighbor who was killed in Vietnam and the rest of the Pacifica Boys. I think of him on Memorial Day and on July 4 - when the Marines came to their home and gave them the news. 

20 years old

** Medford Adarine Chrysler **
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Pacifica, California,
January 25, 1947, to July 02, 1967

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons. 


  1. Grateful and sorrowful all at the same time.
    We will never forget!

  2. Keeping their families in my prayers.

  3. May they never be forgotten, great post

  4. Dearest Debby,
    This is a correct post with respect to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    I've read blog posts that say Happy Memorial Day—they for sure have not received that dreadful message of a lost son or daughter...
    Pieter's middle brother came back from war in Indonesia and had to deliver some personal items from one of his Marine buddies—which he could not do. So Pieter ended up doing that for him. He in fact was way too young for living through such a confrontation and grief. It no doubt did have a tremendous impact on his further life.
    In my Province of Limburg we have the huge American Cemetery where 23,000 American soldiers got buried:
    It leaves one speechless and also teaches you for the remainder of your life to never say: Happy Memorial Day...

  5. It's so sad how all that went down. May all who gave their lives for our Country never be forgotten. 💙

  6. Prayers for them and the families they left behind.

    God bless.

  7. The greatest sacrifice. Thank you for remembering and sharing their names with us.

  8. Thank you for honoring those 13 brave men and women. We must NEVER forget. I only eat burgers made of beef and we grilled some yesterday. Janice