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US troops awarded Purple Hearts


WASHINGTON — The sailor killed in the suicide bomber attack during the evacuation mission in Afghanista­n late last month has been posthumous­ly promoted, according to the Navy. And he and the other 12 service members who died during the attack have been awarded Purple Hearts.

The 13 troops were killed Aug. 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 in the bombing, as they struggled to get into the airport and on 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 in

addition to the Purple Heart was also awarded the Fleet Marine

Force Corpsman warfare badge.

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