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For Berlin Heights, an Ohio city of less than 1,000, the terrorist attack last week in Kabul that killed 13 US servicemen and 169 Afghans struck near their homes.

One of the soldiers killed was Maxton “Max” Soviak, 22, a Marine Corps member from Berlin Heights and a 2017 graduate of the city’s Edison High School.

The Navy said Soviak enlisted on September 26, 2017 and graduated from Recruit Training Command in the Illinois Great Lakes before being posted to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division in September 2020.

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In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, Soviak’s sister, Marilyn, wrote that her brother was a doctor who was in Afghanistan helping people and his death irreversibly changed his family.

“My beautiful, intelligent, beating to the sound of his own drum, boring and charming little brother was killed yesterday while helping to save lives”, wrote Marilyn. “There is a big hole Maxton’s size that will never be filled.

Ohio Navy Corpsman sister killed in Kabul attack says brother’s death left “a hole that will never be filled”

Marine Corps member Max Soviak was killed in Kabul after a suicide bombing near the airport on August 27, 2021.
(Facebook / Max Soviak)

“He was just a child. We send children over there to die. Children with families that now have holes like ours. I’m not the type to pray, but could those children over there please? using it right now. My heart is in pieces and I don’t think it will ever fall back into place. ”

The Navy issued a statement, describing Soviak as “a wonderful son who loved his family, his community and was proud to serve in the United States Navy.”

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“He was excited about the opportunities the Navy would offer him and planned on a career in the Navy. We are incredibly proud of his service to our country.”




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