On Thursday, August 26th, the United States lost 13 men and women in uniform. Eleven Marines, an Army soldier, and a Navy corpsman. U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming spoke on the floor of the Senate Monday about the life and service of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum who was one of the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan last month. Senator Barrasso said the 20-year-old McCollum, from Bondurant, Wyoming, was in Afghanistan on his first deployment.
Barrasso said that about an hour prior to his floor speech, he received a text and picture from McCollum’s widow, Gigi McCollum, informing him that she gave birth to Levi Rylee Rose at 2 am on September 13.