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Marine from Missouri among those killed in Afghanistan


August 27, 2021

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — One of the 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan was a Marine who grew up in the St. Louis area.

KMOX Radio reports that 20-year-old Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of Wentzville, Missouri, was among those killed Thursday. His father, Mark Schmitz, said Marines came to his home at 2:40 a.m. Friday to confirm his son's death.

Jared Schmitz was among a group of Marines sent back to Afghanistan to assist with evacuation efforts, his father said.

"His life meant so much more. I'm so incredibly devastated that I won't be abl...

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