U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement Thursday about the two Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in addition to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and State Department information officer Sean Smith.
Clinton, who a day earlier praised Stevens and Smith, said the two others killed in the attack this week were Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both former Navy SEALs who helped protect American diplomatic personnel.
“Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen,” she said.
Woods was a Navy SEAL for more than two decades and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he had worked protecting diplomatic personnel in posts from Central America to the Middle East. He was a registered nurse and a paramedic.
“All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago,” Clinton said.
Doherty put his life on the line in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, Clinton said, and he was an experienced paramedic. She said she also grieved for Doherty’s father, Bernard, mother, Barbara, brother, Gregory, and sister, Kathleen.
“I am enormously proud of the men and women who risk their lives every day in the service of our country and our values,” Clinton said. “We honor the memory of our fallen colleagues by continuing their work and carrying on the best traditions of a bold and generous nation.”
-- Efrain Hernandez Jr. in Los Angeles
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a statement Wednesday on the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Credit: Paul J. Richards / AFP/Getty Images