A former U.S. Navy SEAL who went AWOL in 2019 was killed this week in Ukraine, American officers stated Friday. They stated he was not preventing in an official capability.
Daniel W. Swift, who was a 1st class petty officer, was injured in Dnipro and died of his wounds, stated one of many officers, who all spoke on situation of anonymity to debate personnel points.
No different particulars have been accessible, together with whether or not Swift’s physique has been taken out of Ukraine.
The Navy stated he abandoned his submit in San Diego, California, in March 2019. “We can’t speculate as to why the previous Sailor was in Ukraine,” the Navy stated.
At the very least 5 different People are identified to have died preventing in Ukraine, in accordance with State Division statements and reviews from particular person households.
Swift joined the Navy in 2005 and was assigned to a SEAL unit in 2007. He voluntarily left the service in January 2014, however rejoined in 2015, and was assigned to a SEAL unit a 12 months later. After he abandoned, Naval Particular Warfare Command stripped him of his SEAL qualification — basically revoking the trident SEALs put on.
Rolling Stone reviews:
An American intelligence official, who first advised Rolling Stone about Swift’s demise, stated he suffered an enormous traumatic mind harm and died early Thursday morning. The official requested to not be named as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly.
Thiemann wrote on Fb that Ukrainian troops have been doing the whole lot they may to maintain Swift alive, however their sources are stretched skinny as they try to accommodate all the wounded.
Swift was left in vital situation with extreme head trauma, per Thiemann, who was not on the operation on the time however briefed by his platoon mates. The opposite two troopers are steady and in restoration.
The ebook, The Fall of a Man by Ryder Thompson, shares a few of Swift’s life, “At age fifteen Daniel Swift discovered the girl he beloved. He began Primary Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUDS) coaching on the age of eighteen. At age twenty he grew to become a father. By the point he was thirty he had deployed as a Navy SEAL 5 instances to incorporate Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. He was a father of 4 youngsters and fortunately married to the identical lady he fell in love with at fifteen, or so he thought. He returned house from serving his nation to have the whole lot he was torn aside. That is the story of a soldier, father and husband.”
It’s unclear how an AWOL Swift may have traveled to the warfare zone.