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Ukraine’s Brave Defender: American Marine Hero, 21, Faces 12 Russians in Final Stand


US Marine soldier Ethan Hertweck gave his life in Ukraine, a moving example of courage and everlasting friendship in his last moments. 

Just days away from his anticipated return to the United States, Hertweck, a 21-year-old former Marine, courageously stood alongside his comrades in a harrowing battle against Russian forces.

Regrettably, Hertweck’s existence came to an abrupt end on December 8, just a mere 11 days before his anticipated return home, while bravely protecting and standing alongside his comrades in defense.

Positioned in Avdiivka within Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Hertweck and his comrade valiantly defended two bunkers from a ferocious Russian assault. 

Despite the overwhelming odds, they boldly confronted the enemy, thwarting their advance by eliminating approximately 12 opposing soldiers.

Honoring Ukraine’s Fallen Hero

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US Marine soldier Ethan Hertweck gave his life in Ukraine, a moving example of courage and everlasting friendship in his last moments.

Even amidst the chaos, Hertweck’s unyielding dedication to his fellow soldiers shone brightly. Despite sustaining a fatal injury to his left upper chest, he attempted to render aid to his comrade after making it to the bunker. His relentless courage and determination to ensure the safety of his unit reflect the epitome of sacrifice and bravery.

Hertweck’s profound love for the Ukrainian people and his deep sense of duty led him to embark on a journey far from home. 

Originally serving in the Marine Corps until June 2020 due to a rare blood disorder, he ardently supported humanitarian efforts in Ukraine before committing to the Ukrainian military. 

As a member of the 131st Special Reconnaissance Battalion, Hertweck selflessly served as a medic for Team Vidmak, later transitioning to a different unit for his final mission alongside a comrade.

His tragic demise is a stark reminder of the risks faced by those who heed the call to defend freedom and aid those in need, with Hertweck becoming one of 46 Americans who sacrificed their lives in Ukraine since February 2022. 

His legacy remains etched in valor, a testament to courage, loyalty, and the indomitable spirit of a Marine who embodied the true essence of service and sacrifice.

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