Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan attack

This Dec. 2019, photo provided by Regi Stone shows Eli Stone, left, and Rylee McCollum, at...
This Dec. 2019, photo provided by Regi Stone shows Eli Stone, left, and Rylee McCollum, at Christmas in Stone's house in Jackson, Wyo. Rylee McCollum, of Bondurant, Wyo., was one of the U.S. Marines killed in the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, in Afghanistan, according to his sister, Roice McCollum. (Regi Stone via AP)(Regi Stone | AP)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 6:58 PM CDT
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WYOMING (PRESS RELEASE) - Wyoming is mourning one of its own. We’re learning that one of the 13 service members killed in Thursday’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan was from Wyoming.

According to Wyoming officials, U.S. Marine Rylee McCollum was killed in the attack. He was a husband and expectant father according to the Associated Press.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has issued the following statement after learning a Marine from Wyoming was one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan:

I’m devastated to learn Wyoming lost one of our own in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of U.S. Marine Rylee McCollum of Bondurant. Jennie and I, along with all of Wyoming and the entire nation, thank Rylee for his service.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) released the following statement:

“Wyoming’s own Rylee McCollum made the ultimate sacrifice protecting Americans and civilians in Afghanistan. Bobbi and I join everyone in Wyoming in mourning this devastating loss. Rylee was a true American hero. Rylee wasted no time answering the call to serve our country, joining the Marines right out of high school. As Rylee’s dad once said, he was ‘full-blooded red, white and blue. Rylee’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. We will always be grateful for his service and send our condolences to the entire McCollum family.”

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement:

”I want to offer my deepest condolences to Rylee McCollum’s family and loved ones. His bravery and patriotism will never be forgotten. His willingness to put himself in harm’s way to keep our country safe and defend our freedom represents a level of selflessness and heroism that embodies the best of America. “We know that the McCollum family is grieving this tragic loss. I ask that people in Wyoming and across the country please keep those close to Rylee in their prayers, and remember that we are only free because of the courage and valor of service members like him.”

Rylee McCollum was a native of Bondurant, WY, was a student at Jackson Hole High School, and was a 2019 graduate of Summit Innovations School in Jackson, WY.

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