A Utah sailor who died in a horrific suicide bombing at Kabul airport in Afghanistan was a young boy when the September 11, 2001 attacks took place, but he already knew he wanted to serve in the military, a declared his family.
Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31, was recalled on Aug. 29 from a vigil that drew hundreds to the Utah capital, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Hundreds waved American flags and sang patriotic songs.
His uncle Billy “BB” Barnett told the crowd that his nephew signed up at the first chance he had.
“He was disciplined, determined and knew his calling,” he said. “He was a Marine and a warrior by birth and no doubt long before that.”
The vigil took place hours after the arrival of the remains of the 13 US soldiers killed in the attack on Dover Air Force Base in Md. The attack on August 26 also claimed the lives of more than 160 Afghans.
The leaders of the State of Utah and Congress attended the vigil.
“The best way to describe Staff Sgt. Hoover is that he was a US Navy, ”said Utah Governor Spencer Cox,“ because these are the words that describe the men and women who, for 20 years, have stood on this wall and kept this hell away from our door.