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20-Year-Old Expectant Father Among Marines Killed In Kabul Blast

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Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, who was a baby at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks that prompted the United States to invade Afghanistan, was one of the 13 U.S. service members killed during the bomb attack outside the Kabul airport Thursday, KIRO reported.

McCollum, a Wyoming native, was expecting his own baby in about a month. 

McCollum was one of the first U.S. victims to be identified in the attack, which also killed at least 170 Afghans, according to The New York Times. It was the highest U.S. death toll in a single Afghanistan attack in 10 years, The Times noted.

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that he was “devastated to learn Wyoming lost one of our own in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul.”

I’m devastated to learn Wyoming lost one of our own in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rylee McCollum of Bondurant. Jennie and I, along with all of Wyoming and the entire country thank Rylee for his service.

— Governor Mark Gordon (@GovernorGordon) August 27, 2021

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McCollum’s father Jim told The New York Times t… (Read more)

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