Statement for the Senate Record by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Tribute to Corporal Daegan Page
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to a fallen Marine, Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page. Corporal Page was a son of the heartland, originally from Red Oak, Iowa, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is one of 13 brave service members who gave his life in service to our country during the evacuation of Afghanistan.  Just 23 years old when he was killed at the attack at the Kabul airport, he gave his life defending our citizens and our allies as they tried to escape from Afghanistan.
 
Right after graduating from Millard South High School, Corporal Page joined the Marines and was part of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. He enjoyed playing hockey, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Blackhawks. Corporal Page loved spending time outdoors, hunting, and being in the water. He was a Boy Scout, a good friend to many, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
 
My prayers are with his parents, Wendy and Craig Adelson and Greg and Jenni Page, as well as his brothers and sister, his grandparents, his girlfriend Jessica Ellison, and his other family members and many friends.
 
We all owe Corporal Page and his fellow Marines a debt of gratitude. He and those he served with rescued countless Americans and allies. They went into the chaos of the withdrawal from Afghanistan to help strangers that they never met—to save lives. There is no doubt in my mind that many lives were saved because of Corporal Page’s service, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
 

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