13 Fallen Heroes.

By Olivia Murray

Published: September 2, 2021 Noon EST

(1 minute read)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 

John 15:13

Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25

Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23

Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31

Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22

Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23

Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22

Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20

Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20

Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20

Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20

Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20

Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22

Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23

On August 26, 2021, 13 American military members paid the ultimate price in service to others. 

They volunteered to serve their country, to stand for freedom, and to protect those who cannot do so themselves. Their commitment to honor and duty mandated a last-minute deployment to Afghanistan; they were sent to clean up Biden’s botched withdrawal

As they tended to the scared Afghans who had gathered at the airport in Kabul, bombs and gunfire ripped through the crowds. 

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K, claimed responsibility for the resulting carnage.

In the aftermath of the attack, our heroes were flown home, their caskets draped in the American flag.

From the moment our fallen arrived on United States soil, prominent Democrats have openly expressed their absolute disdain for our troops. As family grieved and wept, Biden impatiently checked his watch; Nancy Pelosi refused to allow the names of the slain to be read on the House floor; and Jen Psaki stated the loss of these service members doesn’t take away from all the “progress” made in Afghanistan.



The incompetence, or perhaps even the competent intentional actions of the Biden administration, has created 13 new Gold Star families. 

Speak Truth Without Fear has created this flag in their honor, with 13 gold stars to represent the precious lives lost.

May God shelter these families from the storm, and may God bless America.