Humberto Sanchez, a corporal in the Logansport Marines, was one of 13 U.S. servicemen killed Thursday in Afghanistan.
Chris Martin, mayor of the town of 17,500 residents in northern Indiana, announced that the community had lost one of their own.
“This young man was not even 30 yet and still had his whole life ahead of him,” Martin said in a Facebook post Friday night. “Any plans he might have had for his post-military life were sacrificed because of the heart he showed in putting himself in danger to protect the lives of others.
Although Martin did not identify Sanchez, the local school and members of Congress from Indiana later did.
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The bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul left 11 dead, one marine and one serviceman as US and Allied forces rushed to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
Islamic State terrorist group ISIS-K claimed to be behind the attack, and the US military launched a drone strike on Friday after President Joe Biden vowed revenge.
In total, Thursday’s shelling killed at least 160 people and injured at least 18 other soldiers.
U.S. Representative Jim Baird, whose district includes Logansport, and the two U.S. senators from Indiana remembered Sanchez on Friday night.
“He courageously answered the call to serve his nation, and I am both proud of his service and deeply saddened by his loss,” Baird wrote in a Facebook post. “May we never forget Corporal Sanchez’s name or his heroism towards a grateful nation. “
In a Facebook post, Senator Mike Braun called Sanchez an “American hero.”
Senator Todd Young, who himself served in the Marines, tweeted “we must never forget his bravery and sacrifice.“
The Logansport Community School Corporation said he graduated from Logansport High School.
“We will never forget the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice”, the school district tweeted.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, before news of Sanchez’s death circulated, Governor Eric Holcomb asked Hoosiers to remember the soldiers killed in Kabul.
“As a country and as a state, we must be united in honoring and paying homage to those who have paid the ultimate price,” the statement said. Holcomb also ordered the flags to fly at half mast until sunset Monday
On Friday evening, the governor’s office said it had not yet been officially notified of Sanchez’s death.
IndyStar editor-in-chief Ethan May contributed.
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