Marshfield graduate killed in action in Ukraine
BY MIKE WARREN
MARSHFIELD – John and Heather Peters say their son Andrew, “had a strong sense of what was right and wrong. He felt the need to use his prior military combat skills to help the Ukrainian people fight and liberate their country.” The Marshfield couple received notice recently that Andrew was killed in action in Ukraine Feb. 16 while fighting with the International Legion for the Defense of Ukraine. He was 28 years old.
“Andrew was extremely close to his fellow soldiers and was well liked by everyone. We are all extremely proud of his bravery and selfless sacrifice.”
John and Heather add they have been working with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and the U.S. State Department to bring Andrew’s remains home.
Andrew was a 2012 graduate of Marshfield High School. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman with the famed 101st Airborne Division from 2012 to 2016. That service included a tour in Afghanistan in 2014.
After leaving the U.S. Army, Andrew found himself back in Marshfield. He was living next door to his parents, in one of the couple’s beautifully-restored homes. Andrew joined the International Legion in late November, 2022.
“He had a very close bond with his fellow legionnaires,” John added.
Andrew followed in his father’s military footsteps. John Peters served nine years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman from 1988 to 1997 and served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.