Omaha Marine Among Those Killed in Afghanistan Bombing


A Marine Corps carry team loads a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. President Joe Biden embarked on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. (AP)
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The Associated Press

The family of a 23-year-old Marine from Omaha said last Friday he was among 13 U.S. service members killed in the suicide bombing attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page served in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment based at Camp Pendleton, California.

The family said Page was raised in Red Oak, Iowa, and the Omaha metro area and joined the Marines after graduating from Millard South High School. He is mourned by his girlfriend, parents, stepmom and stepdad, four siblings and grandparents, the family said in a statement released through a family friend. The statement said the family did not wish to speak to the media at this time.

They said Page always looked forward to visiting his friends in Nebraska and planned to return home and go to a trade school, possibly to become a lineman, after his enlistment ended.

“Daegan will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and giant heart,” the statement said. “Our hearts are broken, but we are thankful for the friends and family who are surrounding us during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other Marine and Navy families whose loved ones died alongside Daegan.”

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, whose district includes Omaha, said in a statement that he was “heartbroken” to learn of Page’s death.

“No words can express the devastation, frustration, and sorrow his family is experiencing right now,” Bacon said. “I pray for the healing and comfort of his family and friends during this difficult time. Corporal Page is an American hero who gave the last full measure of devotion. He served his country honorably, and his service will never be in vain.”

Mayor Jean Stothert called on Omaha to honor Page’s life.

“He had a special kind of courage and commitment to serve our country and protect others,” Stothert said. “We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to those who wear our nation’s uniform, and faithfully and respectfully serve.”

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska described Page’s loss as heartbreaking.

“Daegan’s service to the nation will not be forgotten,” Fischer said.

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