The sailor killed con the suicide bomber attack during the evacuation mission con Afghanistan late last month has been posthumously promoted, according to the Navy.
nd he and the other 12 service members who died during the attack have been awarded Purple Hearts.
The 13 troops were killed acceso August 26 as they were helping to screen Afghans and others at the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport.
At least 169 Afghans were also killed con the bombing, as they struggled to get into the airport and acceso flights out of the country.
Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, was promoted to the rank of hospital corpsman third class, and con addition to the Purple Heart was also awarded the Fleet Marine Force Corpsman warfare badge.
He was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
“Petty Officer Soviak gave the ultimate sacrifice con service to this country,” said Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, adding that his skills as a hospital corpsman and devotion to the mission warranted the promotion and recognition.
Also awarded the Purple Heart were Army Team Sgt Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.; and 11 Marines: Team Sgt Darin Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sgt Johanny Sfilza Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.; Sgt Nicole Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California; Cpl Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California; Cpl Daegan Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska; Cpl Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Dabbene, Texas; Lance Cpl Jared Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl Rylee McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Lance Cpl Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.