Army vet killed fighting Russians in Ukraine


A U.S. Army veteran died earlier this month after traveling to Ukraine to help fight against Russian forces.

U.S. State Department officials have confirmed to media outlets that another U.S. citizen was recently killed in Ukraine. While State Department officials did not identify the U.S. citizen, friends and family have identified the man as 34-year-old Dane Partridge.

On Wednesday, Dane’s sister Jenny Partridge Corry, shared a Facebook post announcing her brother had past away.

In an earlier Facebook post on Wednesday, Corry explained that her brother had been on life-support after he sustained life-threatening injuries while fighting in Ukraine.

Dane’s father, Dennis Partridge explained in another Facebook post that Dane “was critically injured by a Russian tank round.”

In her tribute to her brother, Corry remembered him as “always good for a joke, witty banter and the occasional serious conversation.”

“He stayed true to his faith and spiritual convictions till his dying days,” Corry added. “While in Ukraine he messaged me occasionally to let me know he missed his children and wife something fierce.”

“He was a fine soldier who fought with valor and bravery on the battlefield,” she continued. “We have been told that he was known to be at the front of his team leading his men as he would never ask his men to do anything that he wasn’t willing to do.”

The Washington Post reported Partridge’s wife and five children said their goodbyes on a video call while he was in a coma.

Partridge is the fifth American killed after volunteering to fight for Ukraine.

22-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran Willy Joseph Cancel was killed while fighting in Ukraine in April.

Stephen Zabielski was killed while fighting in Ukraine in May.

Americans Luke “Skywalker” Lucyszyn and Bryan Young were also killed in Ukraine in July, along with a Canadian and Swedish citizen. They had all fought in the same team of foreign volunteer fighters for Ukraine.

At least two other U.S. citizens, who were non-combatants, have also been killed. On March 13, journalist Brent Renaud was shot and killed after Russian forces fired on him and other journalists near Kyiv.

Jimmy Hill was killed in an artillery strike on March 17. He had reportedly been waiting in a bread line when he was killed.

Las Vegas News Magazine

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