50 years ago John Kerry launched his political career by asking: “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ I don’t believe we ever got that man’s name after Vietnam, but we know the names and faces of (hopefully) the last U.S. casualties in our latest lost war. The list of deceased US servicemen, their ages and hometowns.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, Sacramento, California.
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, Indio, California.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, Omaha, Nebraska.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Indiana
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, St. Charles, Missouri.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyoming.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, Norco, California.
Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, Corryton, Tennessee.
Kipling wrote a fitting epitaph, not for these courageous young people but for the fools that sent them into harm’s way and then turned their backs and walked away:
A DEAD STATESMAN
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?