American fatalities and injuries of the 2012 Benghazi attack

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Four Americans died in the 2012 Benghazi attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith,[1] and two CIA operatives,[2] Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods,[3][4] both former Navy SEALs.[5][6] Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador killed in an attack since Adolph Dubs was killed in 1979.[7] Senior intelligence officials later acknowledged that Woods and Doherty were contracted by the Central Intelligence Agency, not the State Department as previously identified,[8] and were part of Global Response Staff (GRS), a team that provides security to CIA case officers and countersurveillance and surveillance protection.[9]

Initial reports indicated that ten Libyan guards died; this was later retracted and it was reported that seven Libyans were injured.[10] An early report indicated that three Americans were injured in the attack and treated at an American Military Hospital in Germany.[11]

Since then, reports differ regarding the number of Americans wounded in the attacks. The ARB report released December 20, 2012 stated that two Americans were wounded.[12] In March 2013 it was reported that the State Department said there were four injured Americans.[13] In August 2013, CNN reported that seven Americans were wounded, some seriously.[14]

Members of U.S. diplomatic mission who died in Benghazi, Libya
J. Christopher Stevens Sean Smith (diplomat) Glen Anthony Doherty.jpg Tyrone S. Woods.jpg
J. Christopher Stevens,
U.S. Ambassador to Libya
Sean Smith, U.S. Foreign Service
Information Management Officer
Glen Doherty (see below) Tyrone S. Woods (see below)

J. Christopher Stevens[edit]

Sean Smith[edit]

Glen Doherty[edit]

Glen Anthony "Bub" Doherty (July 10, 1970 – September 12, 2012)[15] of Encinitas, California,[16] was a native of Winchester, Massachusetts,[17] and a 1988 graduate of Winchester High School.[18]

Doherty was the second of three children born to Bernard and Barbara Doherty. He trained as a pilot at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University before moving to Snowbird, Utah for several winters and then joining the United States Navy. Doherty served as a Navy SEAL sniper and Corpsman, responded to the bombing of the USS Cole and had tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He left the Navy in 2005 as a petty officer first class and joined the CIA.[19] After leaving the Navy, he worked for a private security company in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kenya and Libya.[17] In the month prior to the attack, Doherty as a contractor with the State Department, told ABC News in an interview that he personally went into the field in Libya to track down MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them.[20]

A Roman Catholic, Doherty was a member of the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization that opposes proselytizing by religious groups in the United States military. He worked directly with secretary Clinton and President Obama to rid the US military of Christian dominionists.[21] He also co-authored the book The 21st Century Sniper.[21][22]

Doherty's funeral Mass was held at Saint Eulalia's parish in his native Winchester on September 19, 2012.[23]

His celebration of life was held in Encinitas, California during the weekend of October 12–14, 2012.[24][25]

Tyrone S. Woods[edit]

Funeral services for Woods at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery in San Diego, California September 20, 2012

Tyrone Snowden "Rone" Woods, Sr. (January 15, 1971 – September 12, 2012), of Imperial Beach, California,[16] was born in Portland, Oregon. Woods graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989,[26] south of Portland, Oregon, and served 20 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy before joining State Department Diplomatic Security Service[27] as a U.S. embassy security operative,[4] ostensibly working under a service contract.[28] Since 2010, Woods had protected American diplomats in posts from Central America to the Middle East.[29] In November 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials said that Woods and Doherty were actually CIA contractors, not State Department security officers as had been previously reported,[30] and that the two men, together with other CIA security officers, played a pivotal role in defending the besieged US Special Mission in Benghazi.[31]

As a Navy SEAL in 2005–06, Woods was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for valor in Iraq.[27][32] He led 12 direct action raids and 10 reconnaissance missions leading to the capture of 34 enemy insurgents in the volatile Al Anbar province.[27] He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Middle East and Central America.[33] He retired as a senior chief petty officer in 2010.[34][35]

Woods also served with distinction at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a registered nurse and certified paramedic.[32] Having settled in Imperial Beach, California, for a year of his retirement he owned The Salty Frog bar there; he is survived by his second wife, Dr. Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, their one child,[36] and two sons from a previous marriage.[35] Woods was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.[37]


  1. ^ "Statement on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya". Department of State. September 12, 2012. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 27, 2014). "Clinton says Benghazi is her biggest regret". Washington Post.
  3. ^ Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State. "Statement on the Deaths of Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty in Benghazi, Libya (September 13, 2012)". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Clinton Recognizes Victims of Benghazi Attacks". State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP). 2012-09-14. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
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  9. ^ Griffin, Jennifer (26 October 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say". Fox News. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "No Libyans died in Benghazi attack". Libya Herald. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  11. ^ "Wounded U.S. Diplomats Treated In Germany". Huffington Post. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
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  16. ^ a b "U-T's 2012 Persons of the Year: They died defending us all". San Diego Union Tribune. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
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  20. ^ Ferran, Lee (September 13, 2012). "American Killed in Libya Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons". ABC News.
  21. ^ a b Stone, Andrea (September 13, 2012). "Glen Doherty, Security Officer Killed In Libya Attack, Fought Religious Proselytizing In Military". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  22. ^ Webb, Brandon; Doherty, Glen (2010). The 21st-Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 242. ISBN 978-1-61608-001-3. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
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    Powers, Martine (September 19, 2012). "Winchester pays its respects to former Navy SEAL killed in Libya attack". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  24. ^ "Events and Fundraising". Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  25. ^ Steele, Jeanette (2012-10-12). "Remembering a fallen warrior, on his terms". U-T San Diego. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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  30. ^ UPI (2 November 2012). "US officials: CIA ran Benghazi consulate". Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  31. ^ Eric Schmitt (1 November 2012). "C.I.A. Played Major Role Fighting Militants in Libya Attack". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  32. ^ a b "Tyrone S. Woods: The Professional". The Oregonian. September 14, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
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  34. ^ Spitaleri, Ellen (18 October 2012). "Woods' sacrifice honored at OCHS assembly". Portland Tribune. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  35. ^ a b Winter, Michael (September 14, 2012). "Ex-SEAL killed in Libya 'thrived on adrenaline, danger'". USA Today. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  36. ^ "DCPD-201200719 - REMARKS AT A TRANSFER OF REMAINS CEREMONY FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK ON THE U.S. MISSION IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA". U.S. Government Printing Office. 14 September 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2013. The President spoke at 2:46 p.m. at Joint Base Andrews, MD. In his remarks, he referred to Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, wife, Tyrone Jr. and Hunter, sons, and Kai, daughter, of Tyrone S. Woods, security officer, Department of State; and Heather Smith, wife of Sean P. Smith, foreign service officer, Department of State, and their children Samantha and Nathan.
    Pratt, Timothy (September 14, 2012). "SEAL Veteran With Zest for Adrenaline". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2013. Mr. Woods had recently moved from La Jolla, Calif., with his wife, Dorothy, and their infant son, Kai, to a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in Henderson, Nev., less than 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. He is also survived by two teenage sons from his marriage to Ms. So, Tyrone Jr. and Hunter.
  37. ^ "SEAL from Ore. killed in Libya buried Thurs". KGW. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
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