The daddy of a veteran combating in Ukraine says his son was killed by a mortar shell explosion final month.
Howard F. Jones Jr. posted on Fb that his son, Jeffrey Judd Jones, 48, was killed in Bakhmut on July 31. Jeffrey Judd Jones grew up in Bowdoinham, in response to WMTW, however most just lately lived in Georgia. He had been combating for the Ukrainian trigger on the day he was killed, Howard Jones stated. He acquired a message from his son earlier that day.
“We had been presupposed to have a pair days relaxation, however one other firm is [too] afraid to go so we’re heading again out tonight of their place,” Jeffrey Judd wrote. “Will likely be one other 3-5 days.”
As an alternative, Howard Jones stated he was contacted later that day by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev saying his son had been killed in motion. An e-mail he acquired from the embassy said Jeffrey Jones was killed by a mortar shell explosion, nonetheless extra particulars weren’t instantly obtainable, in response to Howard Jones.
“Jeff ceaselessly vacationed and helped me on the household cottage in Harpswell,” Howard Jones wrote. “God bless Jeff. Might he relaxation in peace. He died supporting the trigger he deeply believed in.”
Howard Jones couldn’t instantly be reached by the Bangor Each day Information for remark.
Jeffrey Judd Jones had beforehand served within the U.S. Military, in response to CNN. In 2022, he was injured final 12 months in an artillery strike and was hospitalized for a number of days, Howard Jones instructed CNN, however returned to Ukraine following his restoration.
“I believe that Jeff’s squad not solely volunteered for a mission different squads had been too afraid to do, however Jeff’s was within the lead of the squad taking probably the most threat,” Howard Jones wrote. “Others have survived on account of Jeff’s sacrifice.”
The U.S. State Division confirmed to CNN that at the least three Individuals died in Ukraine between July 29 and July 31.