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Performers show support for American held in Ukraine during Little Saigon concert

Several popular Vietnamese American performers lent their voices Thursday night in Little Saigon to show support for the safe return of an American being held by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.

Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, a former Marine, was raised in Orange County, though he most recently was living in Alabama before going to Ukraine to volunteer to help its military after the invasion by Russia. He was taken into custody by Russian forces along with Alex Drueke, 39, also an American military veteran.

The families of the men reported them missing last week, and on Saturday, June 18, the State Department described them as “reportedly captured by Russia’s military forces in Ukraine.”

The two were fighting with a small group of foreign soldiers and went missing in action when their platoon came under heavy fire in a village near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which is about 25 miles from the Russian border.

Huynh’s mother and sister participated in the event Thursday at Garden Grove Park during a concert that was part of the Garden Grove Community Foundation’s already planned summer concert series.

The New York Times contributed to this report.

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