A US soldier from Idaho passes away while serving in Ukraine
After being hurt in a Russian attack earlier this month, a former infantryman from Idaho who served in the U.S. military died in Ukraine on Tuesday, according to his family.
According to KIVI-TV, Rexburg resident Dane Partridge, 34, passed away on Tuesday in a Ukrainian hospital while receiving life support.
According to The Washington Post, Partridge, who fought in Iraq for 15 months between 2007 and 2009, was injured on October 3 during a Russian tank attack on his unit in Severodonetsk and sustained catastrophic damage to his neck and brain stem.
According to a doctor from a Ukrainian hospital, the volunteer soldier was hurt in the country’s Luhansk region, according to the volunteer soldier’s family.
According to his sister Jenny Corry of Idaho Falls, Partridge and his fellow soldiers were cleaning trenches when they were assaulted by two Russian trucks.
Partridge’s family stated on Facebook that he was a “great man who battled with valor and bravery on the battlefield.”
We’ve been informed that he was well renowned for leading his squad from the front and never expected his soldiers to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.
According to KIVI, a representative for the U.S. State Department confirmed that an American had died in the Donbas region of Ukraine but gave no other details.
According to the Post, neither the number of American volunteers fighting in Ukraine nor the number of those who have perished there are publicly available.
In March, a representative of the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington told a publication that the newly created International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine had roughly 4,000 potential recruits.
Luke Lucyszyn and Bryan Young in July, Stephen D. Zabielski in May, and Willy Cancel in April all passed away before Partridge.
Before purchasing a one-way ticket to Poland, Partridge reportedly wrote a will, according to the Post.
Corry told the publication that he signed up to fight with the legion in April.
“It was sad for me when he did go because I simply knew in my heart that it would be the last time I saw him.”
The son of a U.S. Air Force officer and a Red Cross volunteer, Partridge had wanted to join the military since he was a young boy.
His mother, Terri Hepworth, told the Post, “All he knew growing up was flak jackets, M-16s, guard dogs, and seeing NATO exercises.”
He never left that part of his world, which was it.
According to the newspaper, his family relocated to Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force Base when he was 3 years old.
Partridge grew up “in the mud with his friends, playing Army person,” according to his sister.
Partridge made the decision to go in the Army after graduating from high school and the family eventually relocated to Rexburg.
During the Iraq War, he worked as an armored vehicle driver and turret gunner in Baghdad, according to Matt Reeves, one of his sergeants, who spoke to the Washington Post.
According to his father Dennis Partridge, Partridge departed the service in 2012 with the rank of private first class.
According to CNN, Army spokesman Matt Leonard confirmed Partridge’s rank and stint of duty in Iraq.
According to the Post, Partridge’s wife and five children, whose ages range from 2 to 15, said farewell to him via video call while he was unconscious.
Hepworth told the newspaper, “He suffered in life, but once he got into the military, he found his element.
“Bird was his call sign.
So keep my son in mind whenever you see a bird.