As the Ukrainian government honors Americans fighting in its foreign legion, recruits should be wary of risks

Darrell Todd Maurina
6 min readJun 1, 2023

So far, at least 16 American citizens have died fighting on behalf of Ukraine. The Washington Post published an interesting article on the US Memorial Day this week regarding how the Ukrainian government, and its supporters in the United States, pay respect to Americans who have fought for a different country than their own.

Since our own Pulaski County is named for Casimir Pulaski — a Polish nobleman who decided to leave Poland and fight for America during the Revolutionary War — we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the motives of those who decided to wear a foreign uniform.

Here are some key quotes from that article: “The two military officers, crisply attired in blue dress uniforms, ascended the front porch of a single-family home. One clutched a vinyl case containing an ornate white urn and, within, the ashes of Army veteran Andrew Peters. The scene that April evening in Marshfield, Wis., was strikingly similar to the thousands of casualty assistance calls made by members of the U.S. military over 20 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the officers offering condolences on behalf of a grateful nation as the soldier’s parents, John and Heather, shuddered with grief. But there was a significant difference: Peters, 28, had died…

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