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Nebraska Marine Daegan Page killed in Afghanistan airport attack

Daegan William-Tyeler Page, a 23-year-old Navy corporal, was among 13 US servicemen killed in a suicide bombing Thursday near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

On Saturday, the Department of Defense identified Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page of Omaha, Nebraska, as one of the victims. Page grew up in Red Oak, Iowa, and the Omaha area and joined the Marines after graduating from Millard South High School.

Page served with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He planned to attend trade school and eventually become a lineman after his enlistment ended, his family said in a statement.

Page’s family remembered him “for his tough outer shell and giant heart,” according to a statement by the Omaha World-Herald.

“Our hearts are broken,” the statement said. “But we are grateful for the friends and family around us during this time.”

The Marine family said Page loved the Marine fraternity and joined after graduating from Millard South High School in Omaha. He grew up in Red Oak, a town of nearly 6,000 in southwestern Iowa, and in the Omaha metro area, according to the release.

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Page was a lifelong scout and played hockey for Omaha Westside in the Omaha Hockey Club. He was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and enjoyed hunting and being outdoors with his father. An animal lover, Page also loved dogs, his family said.

He leaves behind his girlfriend Jessica, his parents and in-laws, four siblings and grandparents, according to the statement.

“Daegan was always looking forward to getting home and spending time with his family and many friends in Nebraska,” the statement read. “To his younger siblings he was their favorite gym in the jungle and to his friends he was a really happy guy who could always be counted on.”

Red Oak Mayor Bill Billings mourned Page’s death in a statement.

“We all share the grief of this loss with the family and send our thoughts and prayers,” Billings said. “Daegan served his country with honor and made the ultimate sacrifice to help others.”

US Representative Don Bacon said in a statement that he was “heartbroken” to learn of Page’s death, adding “No words can express the devastation, frustration and grief his family is currently experiencing.”

“Corporal Page is an American hero who gave the last full measure of dedication,” Bacon said. “He served his country honorably, and his service will never be in vain.”

Senator Joni Ernst tweeted his condolences to Page’s family Friday night, calling the news “heartbreaking,” and Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all Iowa flags flown at half-mast and took to social media to offer his condolences.

“We mourn the family and loved ones of this young man,” Reynolds said. “Daegan was a selfless individual with a big heart dedicated to the community, state and country he served.”

Contributor: Associated Press; The Des Moines Register

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