Decorated 41-year-old Army Ranger drops dead of ‘natural causes’ in Europe

A decorated Army Ranger died suddenly of “natural causes” while serving abroad in Eastern Europe at the age of 41.

Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Goshen died on September 6 in Romania, Clarksville Now reported.

Army Ranger dies suddenly

He was deployed with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was based at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania.

Goshen was working in the intelligence directorate at the base. Some 4,000 troops from the 101st Airborne are garrisoned in Europe in a show of support for NATO amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Nick was a valued member of the team whose passion and commitment to the division and our Soldiers was extraordinary,” said Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division.

“I can personally attest to his exceptional talent. He will be missed.”

Born in Ohio, Goshen was commissioned as an infantry officer in 2004 and deployed to Iraq as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne.

Decorated soldier

Goshen was also deployed six times to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment — an elite light infantry unit sometimes known simply as “the Army Rangers” — and the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.

He also served in Italy with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and at the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

Goshen had just returned to the 101st Airborne this year.

He received numerous medals for his service, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Goshen is survived by his wife Meghan Epner.