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.