UKRAINE (WHNT) — A Lawrence County man who is in Ukraine hasn’t been heard from in a week.
Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Trinity, volunteered to help fight with the Ukrainian Army in their current war against Russia
Now the family fears that he may have been captured by Russian forces.
Back in April Huynh used his own money to go over to Ukraine and defend that land against Russian invaders. His pastor at his church in Trinity praised the former marine for his character and his willingness to potential lose everything for his decision.
But now his family, who live in Lawrence County, has lost contact with him, saying that they haven’t been in touch with him for a week. The family reached out to Alabama U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt on Monday for fear that he may have been captured.
“Obviously some people will jump to conclusions that maybe they were captured but we don’t know that at this point. we just know that they were not at the rendezvous point when they were supposed to be,” Aderholt tells News 19.
The rendezvous point was near Kharkiv, the site of heavy Ukraine counterattacks with Russia. Aderholt says that his office has placed inquiries with the U.S. state department trying to obtain any possible information.
“I’ve had a chance over the past several years to travel to Ukraine and I’ve actually got know some of the members of the Parliament in Ukraine. I have a very close contact in the Parliament there that also hope will be helpful as well,” said Aderholt.
Aderholt’s office confirmed a second Alabama man, Alexander Drueke, 39 of Tuscaloosa, is also missing. Senators Shelby and Tuberville and Congresswoman Sewell are assisting Drueke’s family. A U.S. State Department spokesperson says that they are aware that both men were in the same unit.
Andy Huynh said in April that as a former marine he knew the risks and he was doing what he believed was right.
“This is an important point in time to remind that we discourage Americans from going to Ukraine and fighting in Ukraine. It is a war zone. It is combat,” said White House spokesperson John Kirby.
The U.S. State Department are closely monitoring the situation.
Congressman Robert Aderholt released a statement after Huynh family contacted him asking for help.
“The family of Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Trinity, Alabama in Lawrence County, reached out to my office this week. Huynh, a former U.S. service member, volunteered to go fight with the Ukrainian Army in their current war against Russia.
“According to Huynh’s family, they have not been in contact with him since June 8, 2022 when he was in the Kharkiv area of Ukraine. As you can imagine, his loved ones are very concerned about him. My office has placed inquires with both the United States Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation trying to get any information possible.
“While my office works to get more details, I would ask everyone to pray for Andy’s safety and to pray for the comfort of his family back in Lawrence County.”Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04)