28 Aug Logansport, Indiana, man among soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Humberto Sanchez, a Marines corporal from Logansport, was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Thursday in Afghanistan.
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The bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul left 11 Marines, a Navy corpsman and another service member dead while the U.S. and allied forces scrambled to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
Sanchez was serving, according to the Department of Defense, in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, out of Camp Pendleton, California.
Sanchez, 22, graduated from Logansport High School in 2017. During high school, he played varsity soccer and was a “dedicated artist,” principal Matt Jones shared with IndyStar. He also took honors and dual credit college classes before joining five other people in his graduating class who enlisted in the Marines.
He was on homecoming court his senior year.
“Humberto was a bright, athletic young man who was popular, well-liked by his soccer teammates, classmates, coaches, and teachers,” Jones wrote. “He was honored to be putting on the Marine uniform and serving his country.”
Islamic State terror group ISIS-K claimed to be behind the attack, and the U.S. military launched a drone strike Friday after President Joe Biden vowed revenge.
In all, Thursday’s bombing killed at least 160 people and wounded at least 18 other troops.
Chris Martin, the mayor of the Logansport, a northern Indiana city of 17,500, reflected on Sanchez’s death Friday night on Facebook.
“This young man had not yet even turned 30 and still had his entire life ahead of him,” Martin said in an online post Friday night. “Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Baird, whose district includes Logansport, and both of Indiana’s U.S. senators remembered Sanchez Friday night.
“He bravely 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 to a grateful nation.”
In a Facebook post of his own, Sen. Mike Braun called Sanchez “an American hero.”
Sen. Todd Young, who served in the Marines himself, tweeted “we must never forget his bravery and his sacrifice.“
“We will never forget the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” the Logansport Community School Corp. tweeted after Sanchez’s death.
On Saturday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb asked Hoosiers to pray for the family of Sanchez.
“Few among us answer a call of duty so dangerous as Corporal Sanchez volunteered to do,” Holcomb’s statement said. “In doing so, he made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live and find freedom. While Janet and I mourn his loss, we hold up his incredible legacy of service above self and vow to honor him in every way we know how.”
IndyStar editor Ethan May and reporter Rashika Jaipuriar contributed.
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