Two Soldiers Slain Defending Woman in Savannah, Georgia

Jonathan Michael Prins

Two Soldiers Slain Defending Woman in Savannah, Georgia

NBC news reports that two active duty soldiers, Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Sgt. First Class Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, were killed when acting as Good Samaritans in defense of a woman who was being assaulted at a bar in Savannah, Georgia. Both men were combat veterans and both were highly respected by their fellow soldiers and within their Chains-of-Command. Both men leave behind families, including young children. These soldiers survived combat in Iraq and Afghanistan only to die on American soil in an act of senseless violence.  A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the families.

 

Two South Carolina Soldiers Killed Defending Woman at Bar, Suspect Charged

JUL 26 2016, 2:15 PM ET

The military was mourning two soldiers Tuesday who were fatally shot while trying to protect a woman from a gun-toting man in a South Carolina bar.

Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Sgt. First Class Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, “were acting as good Samaritans when they were shot,” said Capt. Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph Elijah Mills, 25, is charged with two counts of murder in Lexington County, South Carolina. Lexington County Sheriff’s Office
And they paid for their bravery with their lives.

“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Judge,” said his commanding officer at the McCrady Training Center, Col. Renita Berry. “He was an outstanding instructor who served with great dedication and enthusiasm and demonstrated unwavering commitment to his peers, his students and this organization every day. He will be missed tremendously.”

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Van McCarty said he served with Judge in Iraq in 2004 and called him a “soldier’s soldier.”

Prins was a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson who had served in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

“The way SFC Prins was taken from us, is a testament to his bravery and his selfless service,” fellow Fort Jackson drill sergeant Brandonn Baldwin posted.

Joseph Elijah Mills, 25, was arrested shortly after Sunday’s double killing and charged with two counts of murder.

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2 Comments

  1. Don McCarty Jr says:

    RIP Brothers!

    the POS that killed these 2 hero’s should not make it to trial, if by chance he does and gets sent to prison ….hopefully our Brethren will show him the errors of his way and give him the justice he so deserves for the senseless taking of these 2 lives and leaving 2 families fatherless and broken!

  2. Ithamar says:

    It makes little difference how brave or skilled as a warrior you may be, if you go up against an armed criminal while unarmed the outcome will not be good. Brave men of war must be armed at all times to survive combat with the wicked who are armed.

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