Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover was born 24-JUL 1990 in Salt Lake City Utah.  His father was Darin Hoover.  His mother was Kelly Barnett Hoover.  He had two adoring sisters Tori and Allyson. In 2008, Taylor Hoover graduated from Hillcrest High School in Midvale, just south of Salt Lake City.

Taylor Hoover was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton. His unit deployed to Kabul to support evacuation efforts.  Taylor Hoover served in the Marines for 11 years and was on his third tour in Afghanistan when he was killed.  He died after a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan. 26 Aug 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He was 31.  Darin was engaged to Nicole and planned to be married when he returned from Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include:

  • Purple Heart
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Certificate of Commendation (Individual)
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal,
  • Letter of Appreciation
  • Meritorious Mast
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon

He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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