Daegan Page, a Marine Killed in Kabul, Remembered as a ‘Good Marine and a Better Friend’

August 31, 2021Kelly Getzelman

Marine Cpl. Daegan Willam-Tyeler Page. Photo via Facebook.

“Death Before Dishonor.” Those three words were tattooed on the chest of Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, one of 13 US service members killed in the Abbey Gate suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

According to many of his friends and colleagues, Page truly lived by those three words tattooed on his chest.

“Daegan was the guy in the company that always had a smile on his face, even during the worst times,” said Cpl. Wyatt Johnson, who served with Page from 2018 to 2020 in 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, at Camp Pendleton. “Everyone knew Page, and Page knew everyone … He will be missed by everyone he knew: a good Marine and a better friend.”

Daegan William-Tyeler Page. Photo courtesy of Daegan Page’s Instagram.

Page, 23, joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. Growing up in Iowa and Nebraska, Page was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed playing youth hockey with the Omaha Hockey Club.

“He loved the brotherhood of Marines as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines,” Page’s family said in a Facebook statement. “He was raised in Red Oak, Iowa and also in the Omaha metro area. He loved hunting and spending time outdoors with his Dad as well as being on the water. He had a soft spot for dogs. Daegan will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and his giant heart. Our hearts are broken.”

Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, left, one of 13 US service members killed in the Kabul airport attack. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Page served with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, in Camp Pendleton by Oceanside, California. Page’s unit was already deployed to the Middle East as a quick-reaction force when it was redirected to Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul to assist with the evacuation operations. Only two weeks after his arrival at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Page was killed during an ISIS-K suicide bombing.

“He was genuinely a sweet guy, and he was always smiling and happy,” said Marine Sgt. Dallas Bush, who served with Page for two years.

In a statement to the Omaha World-Herald, Republican Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, an Afghanistan War veteran, said he was “heartbroken” over the loss of the local Marine.

“No words can express the devastation, frustration, and sorrow his family is experiencing right now,” Bacon said in a statement. “Corporal Page is an American hero who gave the last full measure of devotion. He served his country honorably, and his service will never be in vain.”

navy corpsman max soviak coffee or die
Daegan William-Tyeler Page, right, pictured with his teammates, US Marine Hunter Lopez, left, and US Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsman Max Soviak, middle. All three were killed in the attack Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Photo courtesy of Max Soviak’s Instagram.

“These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others. We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said in a Thursday statement.

Berger continued, “As we mourn, we also keep those who are still over there protecting Americans and our Afghan partners at the forefront of our thoughts. Our Marines will continue the mission, carrying on our Corps’ legacy of always standing ready to meet the challenges of every extraordinary task our Nation requires of her Marines.”

Page is survived by his parents, Greg Page of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Wendy Adelson of Omaha; two stepparents; four siblings; and his girlfriend, Jessica Ellison.

The 13 American service members killed in the Aug. 26 bombing were:

Lance Cpl. David Lee Espinoza, USMC | Laredo, TX

Sgt. Nicole Gee, USMC | Roseville, CA

Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, USMC | Salt Lake City, UT

Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, US Army | Knoxville, TN

Cpl. Hunter Lopez, USMC | Indio, CA

Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, USMC | Bondurant, WY

Cpl. Dylan Merola, USMC | Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, USMC | Norco, CA

Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, USMC | Omaha, NE

Sgt. Johanny Rosario, USMC | Lawrence, MA

Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, USMC | Logansport, IN

Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, USMC | Wentzville, MO

Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak, US Navy | Berlin Heights, OH

Read Next: Utah Remembers Marine Killed in Kabul — ‘He Was the Best Kid in the World’

Kelly Getzelman
Kelly Getzelman

Kelly Getzelman is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine. A retired Navy SEAL chief petty officer, Getzelman has nearly two decades of special operations experience and is always ready to ship out on his next epic coffee adventure.

More from Coffee or Die Magazine
Robert Heinlein: The Navy Vet Who Pioneered Sci-Fi

The dean of science fiction combined his experiences in the Navy with his knowledge as an aeronautical engineer to create genre-transforming novels.

January 27, 2023Mac Caltrider
Masih Alinejad
Feds: Brooklyn Cops Foil Brazen Iranian Plot to Murder Masih Alinejad

Three men reputedly linked to Eastern European mobsters and Iranian intelligence operatives have been arrested.

January 27, 2023Carl Prine
FILE - Ukrainian soldiers on captured Russian tanks T-72 hold military training close to the Ukraine-Belarus border near Chernihiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The West's move to send tanks to Ukraine was greeted enthusiastically from Kyiv, Berlin and Washington. But Moscow seemed to shrug. The Kremlin has warned the West that supplying tanks would be a dangerous escalation of the conflict and denounced the decision. AP photo by Aleksandr Shulman, File.
Russia Responds to Ukraine’s ‘Tanksgiving’ With Missile and Drone Strikes

Hours after the US and Germany agreed to send battle tanks to Ukraine, Russia launched missile and drone strikes at targets across the country.

January 26, 2023Nolan Peterson
Marine Corps Dedicates First New Base in 7 Decades

For the first time in seven decades, the US Marine Corps is building a new base.

January 26, 2023Carl Prine
US Sending Nearly a Battalion of Abrams Tanks to Ukraine

The US will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine after months of uncertainty.

January 26, 2023Associated Press
The damaged tug Mark E. Kuebler grounded near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A large gash is visible just above the waterline. Photos courtesy of Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Merrit Carter. Composite by Kenna Lee/Coffee or Die Magazine.
Coast Guard Coxswain Emphasizes Having Clear Head During Tugboat Response

One of the world’s most innovative tugboats remains beached on a Texas sandbar, after apparently getting sucked under a massive oil tanker and mauled by its propeller.

January 26, 2023Noelle Wiehe
Coffee Or Die Photo
The ‘Tallinn Pledge’ for Ukraine: NATO V2.0?

Representatives from nine NATO countries gathered in Estonia and pledged more military aid for Ukraine.

January 20, 2023Nolan Peterson
Coffee Or Die Photo
Triple Seven Expedition
DISPATCH: With Celebratory Jump in Florida, Triple 7 Expedition Is a Wrap

The Triple 7 Expedition's team of nine vets wrapped up its breakneck skydiving expedition with a final, celebratory jump in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

January 20, 2023Jenna Biter
  • About Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • Careers
Contact Us
  • Request a Correction
  • Write for Us
  • General Inquiries
© 2023 Coffee or Die Magazine. All Rights Reserved