Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., who represents Carteret County and much of eastern North Carolina, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. service members killed last week in Afghanistan.

“As we grieve the loss of Sgt. Nicole Gee and all of the beloved U.S. servicemembers who gave their lives in service to our nation, I am committed to celebrating the life and legacy of these incredible men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Rep. Murphy said.

“Awarding these outstanding individuals and their families with our highest Congressional honor is the least we can do to honor their memory. Their bravery, selflessness, and courage will never be forgotten. It is with a heavy heart in the wake of this tragedy that I urge Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor as quickly as possible.”

The service members were killed Thursday in an attack at the Kabul Airport as U.S. Forces worked to evacuate allies and others fleeing in the wake of the Taliban taking control of the country. They have been identified as Sgt. Nicole Gee, Staff Sgt. Darin Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Pichardo, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan Page, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Cpl. David Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak and Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

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David Collins

While this is nice , what about all the other service members killed in this ill managed so called war ? Is this sincere or just more headline grabbing politics ?


He is a dr, and a specialist. His specialty seems to be feel good legislation, to get his picture in the paper. Sure wish our local politicos would put their focus on local issues. Perhaps MS. Pat can give us an update on that equitable division of tax money legislation so down east and western towns in this county can deal with their various infrastructure issues, unless of course Emerald isle needs to gold plate the bidet in the staff restroom?

Buddy Boatbuilder

I agree with Greg Murphy that this is the least we can. At a minimum, what Murphy et al. should be doing is holding the political leaders responsible for this accountable. We can't know now if these events transpired due to incompetence or corruption or something else but what is clear is that the politicians who made the decisions or failed to make the decisions that led to this, should not be leading us. We need them out.

David Collins

That buddy , would take work as well lots of time . By then bungles will be dead or at least gone . His legacy will live on with different faces but the same ideology . Perhaps on steroids .

When these relocated tribesmen come together , as immigrants do tend to do , and attempt to create a little Afghanistan here in the US , perhaps the bleeding hearts will figure it out . Nothing like a bit of personal experience to rearrange your mind .

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