Navy hospital corpsman Max Soviak, 22, ‘a good kid’ from Ohio, killed in Kabul airport attack
An Ohio Navy hospital corpsman is among the 13 Americans and more than a hundred Afghans killed in a suicide bombing Thursday near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, a school district confirmed Friday.
Maxton “Max” Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, was a 2017 graduate of Edison High School in Milan, where he was on the football, track, wrestling, and tennis teams and was in the school band, according to Thomas Roth, superintendent of Edison Local School District.
The news of Soviak’s death was “devastating for us,” Roth said Friday.
“He just enjoyed life. He was full of life. He was a good kid, a good student and people just enjoyed being around him,” the superintendent said.
Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, of Ohio, was “very proud” to serve his country, his mother said in a statement to ABC News.
“He was very passionate about helping his fellow Americans and trying to get them home safely,” Rachel Soviak said. “There are no words to describe the pain our family is feeling. There will forever be a hole in our hearts.”
The family is praying for the troops to arrive home safely, she said.
Max Soviak was a 2017 graduate of Edison High School in Milan, Ohio. School leaders remembered him as “full of life in everything he did.”
“Max was a good student who was active in sports and other activities throughout his school career,” Superintendent Thomas Roth said in a statement. “He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him.”
“My thoughts are with his family, who received the hardest news any parent can hear,” Brown said. “May the lives he worked to save be a comfort to all who knew and loved him. His selflessness and heroism will be his legacy.”
Eighteen U.S. service members were also wounded in the attacks, marking the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.
American soldiers killed in Kabul, Afghanistan. August 26 2021. Heros that lost their lives fighting for our country. May they Rest in Peace.You will never be forgotten….
Max Soviak, Corpsmen (20 years old)
Kareem Nikoui, Marine (22 years old)
David Lee Espinoza, Marine (20 years old)
Rylee McCollum, Marine (20 years old)
-His wife is due with their first baby in 3 weeks
Jared Schmitz, Marine (20 years old)
Hunter Lopez, Marine (22 years old)
Taylor Hoover, Marine (31 years old)
Daegan William-Tyeler Page (23 years old)
Ricky Thompson, Marine (21 years old)
Humberto Sanchez, Marine (22 years old)
Johanny Rosario, Marine (25 years old)
Ryan Knauss, Army(23 years old)
Nicole Gee, Marine (23 years old)
President Joe Biden has vowed to avenge the deaths of 13 American troops and dozens of Afghans in attacks at the Kabul airport that put the White House deeper into crisis over a chaotic and deadly end to the 20-year war, according to the Associated Press. But retribution will be more difficult with fewer U.S. intelligence assets in Afghanistan.