An Idaho US Army veteran was killed this week while fighting for freedom in Ukraine, his family announced Thursday night.
Dane Partridge was in a coma after being critically injured by a Russian tank blast while fighting in Ukraine and was being treated at Kyiv military hospital, his father, Dennis Partridge, wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
A few days later, on Tuesday, his family announced that Dane was taken off life support.
Dane, who documented his journey to Ukraine on social media, landed in Germany on April 26, made his way to Poland the next day, and arrived in Ukraine in late April.
At that point, his public social media posts ended for operations and security reasons, but he occasionally messaged his sister to let her know that he was ok and that he missed his children and wife.
Dane was among the American citizens that remained in Ukraine even after the US Embassy’s security alert in August that the security situation in the country is highly volatile and urging US citizens to depart Ukraine as soon as possible.
Previously in July, two American volunteer soldiers – Luke “Skywalker” Lucyszyn, a 31-year-old who first went to Ukraine to be a medic, and Bryan Young, were killed in an alleged Russian tanks ambush in the Donetsk region in Donbas.
Their commander Ruslan Miroshnichenko confirmed that they were part of a special ops unit within the Ukrainian territorial defense forces in Seversk.
Several Americans have now died in Ukraine so far, including video journalist Brent Renaud and Minnesotan Jimmy Hill who were killed while waiting in a bread line, Stephen Zabielski was killed in May in Zaporizhzhia and US Marine veteran Willy Joseph Cancel died during a battle in April, while few American soldiers were detained by Russian troops and are awaiting trial.