Another ex-US servicemember has been killed while participating in Russia’s war with Ukraine.  Former Army Infantryman Dalton J. Medlin died on September 27th while fighting alongside troops of the 59th Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Donetsk.


Rest in peace, warrior.

As of this writing, the U.S. State Department has not verified reports of Medlin’s death.

Ryan O’Leary, another U.S. Army veteran who had been fighting alongside Medlin as part of the volunteer-based “Chosen Company” in Ukraine, conveyed the unfortunate news of Medlin’s demise.

Medlin, known by his comrades as “Gimli,” teamed up with Chosen Company early this year, according to O’Leary. O’Leary described Medlin as a gallant individual who always prioritized his fellow soldiers. As a grenadier, his skills were unmatched, and he was known to remain steadfast in various combat scenarios. Medlin had a smile that uplifted those around him.

Details surrounding Medlin’s death and the specifics of the Chosen Company’s mission remain undisclosed. The Chosen Company is known to be a collective of English-speaking veterans supporting Ukrainian forces, especially the 59th Mechanized Brigade.

A representative from the State Department has said that they are currently examining the reports emerging from Ukraine concerning Medlin’s reported death. The representative mentioned,

“We’ve received preliminary reports about a potential U.S. citizen casualty in Donetsk. Our resources for verifying U.S. citizen fatalities in Ukraine are somewhat restricted. Moreover, not every death of a U.S. citizen might get reported to our department.”

The exact figures for American casualties in the Ukrainian conflict are still uncertain, and the representative noted that tracking the number of Americans traveling to specific countries is not feasible since they aren’t mandated to report their overseas visits.

Medlin’s US military service lasted from 2017 to 2021. His commendable service earned him the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and more, as confirmed by Army representative Bryce Dubee.