Holmen marine survives Afghanistan attack, mother shares his message

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) — Holmen graduate and U.S. Marine Mason Heisler survived the Kabul Airport attack on Friday and later served as a pallbearer for a friend who did not.

The attack killed over 100 people, including 13 American troops. After hearing about the blast, his mom, Missy Mouradian, was nervous as she waited ten hours for a message saying her son was OK.

“And one of the things that they say to all military families is ‘no news is good news,’ but waiting for news… every second feels like an hour,” Mouradian said.

Heisler was not wounded in the blast, but the loss of his servicemembers, including three of his close friends, hit home.

“They have the same motivation. They have the same directives, you know, to serve our country. And that’s what they did to the fullest of their abilities. Together,” Mouradian said. “They’re not all coming home together.”

Mouradian knows that what Heisler is going through is challenging.

“I can’t fathom what my son is feeling right now. He’s a young man. And he’s witnessed one of the horrific events that has taken place in quite awhile,” Mouradian said.

The photo of Heisler serving as a pallbearer for his friend Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, alongside other servicemembers, was posted on the U.S. Marine Corps Facebook page and has over 4,000 shares.

“Losing your brothers, there’s nothing like it. Because that’s a camaraderie that none of us who have served in any, which I have never serve in any of the military forces, we’ll never understand that.”

Mouradian said that both her and Heisler want people to remember and honor those who serve and have served.

Heisler also posted on Facebook honoring his fellow servicemembers who died.