A Fallen US Marine

An American citizen and former Marine, Willy Joseph Cancel, has died in Ukraine while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, according to the man’s family. His is the first known death of a US citizen fighting against Russian aggression in Ukraine. He was 22 years old.

Mr. Cancel is shown here with his wife and son. Image Credit: Twitter/Brittany Cancel

Cancel had gone to Ukraine as a member of a private military contracting company. His mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN that he died Monday while fighting against Russia with the international brigade of soldiers. She informed the press that her son had been in Ukraine since March 12th or 13th.

Loving Son, Husband, and Father

Through her tears, his mother said:

“He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn’t come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to be involved in it.”