Veterans: Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods
Artist: Michael Koulermos
Writer: Inge Pudlowski
“In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.”
So begins the Navy SEAL creed. And as morning broke on September 12, 2012, two former SEALs sacrificed their lives as they honored those words.
Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were serving as security contractors in Benghazi, Libya when radical Jihadists overtook the main U.S. Consulate building in that city. It was 9:40 p.m. and although Woods and Doherty were safely in an annex location in another part of the city, their SEAL honor compelled them to rush to the consulate to protect the doomed compound.
Once there, they rounded up the civilians and guided them to a safe building. They then worked with security personnel to defend the compound. Overnight, hundreds of Jihadists swarmed the building in two waves. As Doherty and Woods battled the onslaught, 20 Americans were able to escape to safety.
However, the pair was eventually overwhelmed. Even though they were able to take out dozens of their attackers, the sheer numbers of combatants — and a mortar attack on their position — proved too much.
Doherty and Woods were both killed, serving their country with honor and integrity.