On Tuesday, September 11, what appears to be a coordinated attack on the American embassy in Libya took the lives of four Americans. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two servicemen and one former serviceman. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were Navy SEALs and Sean Smith was a veteran of the Air Force.
“…A second former Navy SEAL, Tyrone Woods, was named as a victim in the Benghazi embassy attack. Woods was 41-years-old. Earlier on Thursday, Glen Doherty was named among those killed at the US consulate in Libya. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith were also killed during the attack on the embassy in the Middle East.
Tyrone Woods was in the elite Navy unit for 20 years and had two teenage sons, according to U-T San Diego News. The former military member’s ex-wife Patricia Ann So had this to say about the father of her children: “He was balls to the wall. He loved life, loved adrenalin. He went through Hell Week, the grueling five-and-a-half day training course, twice. You could not find a more skilled SEAL than him.”…”
“…In an interview with ABC News last month, Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL who worked as a contractor with the State Department, said he personally went into the field to track down so-called MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them. After the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the State Department launched a mission to round up thousands of MANPADS that may have been looted from military installations across the country. U.S. officials previously told ABC News they were concerned the MANPADS could fall into the hands of terrorists, creating a threat to commercial airliners.
Doherty said that he traveled throughout Libya chasing reports of the weapons and once they were found, his team would destroy them on the spot by bashing them with hammers or repeatedly running them over with their vehicles. When ABC News spoke to Doherty in late August, he was enjoying a short time off in California before heading back to Libya just days ago.
The State Department declined to comment on Doherty’s involvement in the MANPADS program, but pointed to a previous statement from State Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro in which he said the department was looking at “every possible tool to mitigate the threat.”
According to military records provided to ABC News, Doherty joined the Navy in 1996 and was a combat medic and a decorated member of the elite SEAL teams by the time he left active duty in 2004. He’s described in glowing terms as a top-tier SEAL and better friend in the book “The Red Circle,” written by Doherty’s longtime friend and SEAL sniper school partner, Brandon Webb.
“Glen was a superb and respected operator, a true quiet professional,” Webb told ABC News today. “Don’t feel sorry for him, he wouldn’t have it. He died serving with men he respected, protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and doing something he loved. He was my best friend and one of the finest human beings I’ve ever known.”…”
“…Sean Smith, the U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer who died with Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens during the attack on the United States Embassy in Libya, is being mourned by the online gaming world. When he was not engaged in his difficult work in the war torn nation of Libya, Sean spent his free moments as a devoted player of EVE Online, the intergalactic MMO of space combat, diplomacy and political intrigue.
While President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke fondly of Sean Smith at the memorial ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, gamers the world over paid tribute to Sean, who played EVE Online with the handle of “Vile Rat.” Smith’s EVE Online character was remembered by players as a tough diplomat and spy. Sean was a member of the Goonswarm Alliance, a major faction in the game.
Sean was actually chatting online with EVE Online players when the attack started on the Libyan embassy. As protesters surged over the walls, Sean told them he would be back later, “assuming we don’t die tonight.”
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look
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