Fallen Navy corpsman returns home to Ohio

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 6:27 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 6:26 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTVG) - U.S. Navy Corpsman Max Soviak returned home on Wednesday as a public procession escorted the fallen sailor’s remains from Cleveland to Berlin Heights, Ohio. Soviak was killed late last month while assisting with the evacuation at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

He was one of 13 service members who was killed in a suicide bombing attack during the evacuation.

The procession honoring the Navy medic came the same day he was awarded a purple heart. The U.S. Navy also announced Wednesday Soviak was posthumously promoted to to the rank of hospital corpsman third class and was awarded the Fleet Marine Force Corpsman warfare badge. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

“Petty Officer Soviak gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country,” said Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro. “While this promotion and the Fleet Marine Force Corpsman warfare badge are awarded posthumously, I have no doubt his dedication to this nation, his displayed skill as a Hospital Corpsman, and devotion to the mission at hand warrant this recognition.”

The plane carrying Soviak’s remains arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 10:25 a.m Wednesday.

A private procession began at the airport before continuing west on the Ohio Turnpike to U.S. Route 250, exit 118. It then proceeded south on US 250 from the Strecker Rd. intersection to State Route 113 East through Milan, before heading north on Berlin Rd. to West Main St. in Berlin Heights, east on W. Main to South St., south on South St. to Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home.

A funeral for Soviak is scheduled for Wednesday.

Edison High School, which Soviak attended and graduated from, is holding calling hours on Sunday at the school’s field house. Other funeral services are planned at the edison High School Stadium for Monday, Sept. 13.

The public procession route for Max Soviak.
The public procession route for Max Soviak.(WTVG)

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