Four US Marines remain hospitalised following an attack last month near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, while service members were evacuating foreign nationals and refugees.
On August 26, an Islamic State-Khorasan Province suicide attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate killed 13 US service members and more than 170 Afghan civilians.
Four of the injured Marines remain hospitalised nearly a month later at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where 15 service members were initially treated following the attack, according to the Marine Corps Times.
The names and units of the hospitalized Marines haven’t been released. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Johnny Henderson said one of the hospitalized Marines is in very serious but stable condition and the other three are in serious but stable condition.
The 11 Marines, one Army soldier and one Navy corpsman who died in the attack are Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Cpl. Hunter Lopez and Cpl. Daegan W. Page.
Also, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola. Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak and Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss.
They have been honored with congressional gold medals, which will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, and Purple Hearts.
Purple Hearts were approved or are pending for Marines and corpsmen who were wounded while protecting the airport.
The attack was the deadliest single day of war in more than a decade. The United States retaliated with a drone strike in Nangarhar province that killed two high-profile Islamic State Khorasan Province targets.
About 6,000 American citizens and 124,000 Afghans were airlifted from the country during the evacuation effort, which was completed at the end of August.