The Brooklyn dad of a inexperienced beret killed Monday in Afghanistan had no phrases to specific his sorrow over dropping his solely son.
“I am unable to describe. It is inconceivable. I am nonetheless happy with him,” heartbroken dad David Golin, 55, advised the Every day Information in a darkened hallway of his Sheepshead Bay condominium constructing Wednesday.
It was on New 12 months’s Day that the Uber driver discovered his son, Sgt. First Class Mihail Golin, died in a firefight whereas on a dismounted patrol in Nangarhar, a largely ISIS-controlled province in japanese Afghanistan.
“He was solely 34 years (previous). He was a really courageous man. A profession within the army was his future,” Golin mentioned. “They have no particulars. They simply advised me he had been shot within the chest in Afghanistan.”
He mentioned the devoted soldier lengthy dreamed of becoming a member of the armed forces.
He signed up a yr after arriving within the U.S. from Latvia when he turned 21, the dad mentioned.
“He mentioned, ‘I wish to serve the Military.’ He signed up proper after he got here to America. He wished to be within the airborne forces,” Golin mentioned somberly. “I’ll all the time bear in mind him as a very good man, proudly, and what he did for this nation. He mentioned, ‘This nation has taken us.’ He wished to serve for this nation.”
He mentioned his son joined the elite staff of inexperienced berets three years in the past.
“I used to be very happy with him. I suppose it was a poor determination. I used to be fallacious,” he mentioned, revealing his dismay over the continued lack of American lives within the practically two-decade battle in Afghanistan.
“I do not perceive. This Afghanistan, some small nation, what are they doing over there?” he requested. “Why are we dropping our children over there? … What for? That is the primary query.”
Whereas the U.S. army formally ended its fight mission in Afghanistan in 2014, it nonetheless maintains many assets on the bottom and carries out operations in opposition to the Taliban and ISIS affiliated teams.
In an announcement launched Wednesday, the Pentagon mentioned Sgt. Golin lived in Fort Lee, N.J., and was assigned to the Second Battalion of the Tenth Particular Forces Group (Airborne), primarily based at Fort Carson, Colo.
Sgt. Golan’s mom, Elena, was on her approach from Latvia to attend funeral providers, the household mentioned.
His ex-wife, Katerina, and 6-year-old daughter, Vlada, who stay in Colorado, had been resulting from attend his dignified switch at Dover Airbase in Delaware late Wednesday.
The elder Golin mentioned he would treasure his reminiscence of his final temporary name along with his son on Dec. 30.
“We spoke proper earlier than New 12 months’s. He wished me a Joyful New 12 months. He mentioned he was going to be a few days at work and he can not name me,” he mentioned. “And he mentioned, I like you.”