Family of American missing in Ukraine describe him as ‘young man with a big heart’

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The search for two missing U.S. fighters in Ukraine continued on Thursday, the former Marine’s fiancée and future mother-in-law Andy Huynh told Fox News Digital.

Huynh, who reportedly traveled from his home state of Alabama to fight in Ukraine in April, has not been heard from since June 8, when he told his fiancee, Joy Black, that he would be unreachable for the “few days”.

Joy Black with Andy Huynh's fiancée
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Joy Black with Andy Huynh’s fiancée
(Photo provided by Joy Black)

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“He had been telling me for a few days that ‘I’m going to be busy soon,'” she said. “He didn’t tell me what specifically because I don’t think he wanted to worry me.”

Black’s mother, Darla Joy Black, said the family had been in contact with government officials and remained hopeful that Huynh, along with fellow missing American and former veteran Alexander Drueke, were still alive and had no not been captured.

“Most of what we know is that we’re looking at several different scenarios,” Black’s mother said. “It’s not confirmed that they were captured, so we don’t want to lose sight of the ground search.

“We don’t want to prematurely draw attention to the idea that he was captured until it is confirmed,” she added.

The State Department told Fox News on Wednesday it was closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with Ukrainian authorities.

Photo courtesy of Joy Black, engaged to Andy Huynh

Photo courtesy of Joy Black, engaged to Andy Huynh
(Photo provided by Joy Black)

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The spokesperson reiterated that the United States strongly advises against traveling to Ukraine at this time.

Black’s mother described Huynh as a “big-hearted” man who felt compelled to help Ukrainians after seeing the brutal war that followed the invasion of Russia in February.

“When he saw the media coverage of what was happening in Ukraine, it tore him apart,” she said. “He couldn’t sleep or eat, he felt so overwhelmed that these people needed help.”

Black’s mother said Huynh intended to help in any way possible, whether through humanitarian organizations or fighting with the Ukrainian military.

This photo taken on April 6, 2022 in Hartselle, Alabama shows U.S. Navy veteran Andy Tai Huynh, who has decided to fight alongside Ukraine in the war against Russia.  Huyhn and another Alabama veteran have not been heard from in days according to relatives and are considering disappearing.

This photo taken on April 6, 2022 in Hartselle, Alabama shows U.S. Navy veteran Andy Tai Huynh, who has decided to fight alongside Ukraine in the war against Russia. Huyhn and another Alabama veteran have not been heard from in days according to relatives and are considering disappearing.
(Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

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“Andy is one of those young men who would run into a burning building rather than walk away from it,” she added.

Black said she and Huynh plan to get married when she returns from Ukraine.

“Whenever he does. It will be a big party when he does,” she added.

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