Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Family Permits The U.S. Army To Release Images Of Photographer's Final Moments Before Mortar Tube Blast

A mortar tube accidentally explodes during an Afghan National Army live-fire training exercise in Laghman province Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. The blast killed Army Spc. Hilda Clayton and four Afghan soldiers (Army Spc. Hilda Clayton, U.S. Army)

Military.com/Stars and Stripes: Army Releases Images of Photographer's Final Moments Before Blast

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -- The Army has released the final images taken by combat photographer Spc. Hilda Clayton moments before she died during a live-fire training accident in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.

The photos, which have been published in the May-June edition of the Army's Military Review journal, show the moment a mortar tube exploded, killing Clayton and four Afghan soldiers on July 2, 2013, in the eastern Afghan area of Qaraghahi.

Clayton, a visual information specialist attached to the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division based at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, was part of a training mission certifying Afghan forces on mortar operations.

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WNU Editor:
Our prayers are with her family and loved ones.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace. And what a way to go, while you work and in the moment of taking maybe one of the big iconic military pictures. Shows you how lethal even training exercises can be. You just never know when you go.