Jim McCollum knew earlier than he opened his door why two US Marines had been at his Jackson, Wyoming, dwelling.
“It was simply as you see it within the films,” the grieving dad advised The Each day Beast. “As quickly as I noticed them on the porch, I knew he was gone.”
“He,” was his son, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, one of many 13 US service members killed in Thursday’s Kabul airport assault. Newly married, with a child due Sept. 22, the 20-year-old was on a path towards greatness, the elder McCollum stated.
“He was probably the most patriotic child,” Jim stated. “The appropriate from improper and being on the facet of proper— that type of drove him in. I couldn’t have been extra proud.”
What little consolation he can discover is figuring out that his son died fulfilling his dream to serve.
“He died doing what he beloved and with those he cared about, doing the precise factor,” Jim stated. “He all the time wished to be on the facet of proper, the facet of righteousness. He did precisely what he lived his life doing.”
Not less than 169 Afghans additionally died within the suicide bombing claimed by ISIS-Ok, and officers warn of continued hazard amid the continued evacuation, together with warning individuals to go away the airport gates “instantly” late Friday, in an eerie echo of warnings earlier than Thursday’s blast.
The continuing operation leaves the devastated father apprehensive in regards to the Marines nonetheless within the war-torn nation now largely dominated by the Taliban.
“I’ve misplaced my son, however there are nonetheless Marines over there,” he stated. “We gave them every part they want, and we’re pinned down on the airport. I’m scared sh-tless to see what’s going to occur subsequent, and what’s going to come back our method.”
The senior McCollum, talking earlier than the US launched a drone strike in opposition to the phobia group, was upset there wasn’t an instantaneous retaliation for the assault and instructed American forces ought to take out the Afghan presidential palace relatively than let the Taliban take it: “bomb the rattling factor,” he stated.
The Friday drone strike in opposition to ISIS-Ok was apparently profitable in taking out one of many planners of the assault which killed Rylee McCollum.
“Preliminary indications are that we killed the goal,” stated Capt. Invoice City of the Central Command.