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Posted by John Prather at the Tea Party Community.com
The stunning part of this story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that only two men had inflicted so much death and destruction on them.
The news has been full of the attacks on our Embassies, and Consulates throughout the Islamic world, and in particular, the deaths of Counselor Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya.
However, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story.
So what actually happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya? We are learning more about this every day. Counselor Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters because of the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, instigated by Mr. Obama, and his minions, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gaddafi. Our embassy in Tripoli, had been looted and ransacked, causing it to be unserviceable. It is still in a state of disrepair.
Security for Embassies, Consulates, and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable.
A well-organized attack by radical Jihadists was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. Consulate buildings in Benghazi. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix.
A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our State Department. They also happened to be former Navy Seal’s.
When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our Benghazi Consulate, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste from fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.
Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Counselor Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, because of their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the Consulate were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.
As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!
Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code:
1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate,
2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield,
3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit,
4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates,
5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation,
6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and…
7) Earn your Trident every day
Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To their very last breath, both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death. And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others.
Dr. Charles R. Roots
Former Staff Sergeant,
U. S Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret.)
This should be passed on
and on and on.
NO TRUE AMERICAN WOULD OBJECT TO RECEIVING THIS MORE THAN ONCE … SO PASS IT ON
These two men deserve the CMH. The fact that they were not “on duty” as Navy personnel, and that they disobeyed orders, is irrelevant. To me, the order to “Stand Down” was an unlawful order, and who ever issued it needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
These two men displayed the honor that should be expected of every service member of the United States. They earned the highest award of this nation by their actions.
Death to Tyrants!!
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