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2 ex-SEALS killed in Libya attack remembered by friends, family

September 14, 2012 |  8:32 am

Two former Navy SEALS from San Diego County killed in the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya were remembered this week by loved ones as dedicated family men and warriors.

Glen Doherty, 42, and Tyrone Woods, 41, were working a security guards for Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who also was killed in Tuesday's attack. Like all SEALs, they received their initial training in Coronado.

Doherty later worked as a fitness instructor at the CrossFIT/SEALFIT Gym in Encinitas; Woods reportedly once owned the Salty Frog bar in Imperial Beach. Woods is survived by two teenage sons.

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Also killed in the attack was Sean Smith, an information officer for the State Department.

Doherty joined the SEALs in 1995 and became a paramedic and sniper, according to family members. He did two combat tours in Iraq, including accompanying the Marines in the assault on Baghdad in 2003 and then the mission to Saddam Hussein's ancestral home of Tikrit, the station reported.

He wrote a book, "21st Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide," with former SEAL Brandon Webb. Former SEAL Clinton Emerson said Doherty had "a warrior spirit balanced by the kindest of hearts."

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 Doherty's sister, Katie Quigley, told the Boston Herald that Doherty was working for a private security firm contracted by the government to provide security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. She said he flew to Libya on Sept. 5.

"We all knew the risk, but he’s come back time and time again," Quigley told the Herald. "He was really good at what he did. He was a sniper. He was in Iraq when the palaces came down after Saddam Hussein."

Doherty's mother told Boston TV station WCVB that she didn't know he was in Libya until government officials called to say he was killed at the consulate.

"He was the most wonderful person," Barbara Doherty said. "We are all in pain and suffering."

While a Navy SEAL, Doherty had multiple combat deployments and was a certified SEAL sniper, according to his profile on the CrossFIT website.

After leaving the service, he worked as a security and intelligence specialist for U.S. government agencies in Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the profile said.

"We have the deepest respect for everything Doherty did for America and while overseas to further our overseas foreign policy. He was a great coach and mentor to many, including our SEALFIT family," Mark Divine of SEALFIT said.

Woods retired as a Navy SEAL after 20 years and had lived in Imperial Beach. He owned the Salty Frog Bar until selling it in 2011, Fox5 reported. The bar is frequented by Navy SEALs and has a plaque honoring fallen soldiers.

Friends told the San Diego TV station Woods was excellent at his job and described him as a dedicated man. He had two sons ages 15 and 18 with his first wife and another child with his current wife, the station reported.

Friends said Woods' wife is a local dentist and has lived in Imperial Beach for over a decade.

"He's quiet. I know he just had a baby, they moved away not too long ago," said an Imperial Beach neighbor, Blyne Corum.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego and Fox5 San Diego

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