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November 1, 2012

If you’ve been following my blog for these past several months, you know what I write about and why. For those of you who are new to this blog site, I will briefly mention that Everyday Heroes is all about those who inspire the rest of us through selfless, courageous actions. I use the term Everyday Heroes because I have always believed that every person has the potential of being a hero under the right circumstances. Many of my previous monthly blogs have been about everyday people who stepped up and did the right thing.

By now you have all heard about the actions of two brave men, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Their actions while under fire to rescue other Americans were astounding. They could have delayed taking action, but didn’t. They could have made excuses to not take action, but didn’t. Even when they were ordered to “stand down,” they didn’t. They stepped up and did the right and courageous thing to save the lives of other Americans.

But Glen and Tyrone were everyday people from everyday backgrounds, and all of that has been lost in the noise around who told whom to do what and when. So, I thought you might want to know a little about these two amazing men:

Glen Anthony Doherty was a native of Winchester, Massachusetts, and a 1988 graduate of Winchester High School. 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 joining the U.S.  Navy. Doherty served as a Navy SEAL including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Navy, he worked for a private security company in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kenya and Libya. 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.

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. Doherty was coauthor of the book “The 21st Century Sniper.”

Tyrone Snowden Woods was born in Portland, Oregon, was a 1989 graduate of Oregon City High School, and served 20 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy before joining State Department Diplomatic Security as a U.S. embassy security personnel, working under a service contract. Since 2010, Woods had protected American diplomats in posts from Central America to the Middle East.

As a Navy SEAL in 2005-06, Woods was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat ‘V’ Device for valor in Iraq. He led 12 direct action raids and 10 reconnaissance missions leading to the capture of 34 enemy insurgents in the volatile Al Anbar province. He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Middle East and Central America and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2007.

Woods also served with distinction at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. 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 daughter, and two sons from a previous marriage.

Tyrone and Glen were everyday Americans who loved their country and, as evidenced by their actions in Benghazi on 9/11/12, loved their fellow Americans. They gave their lives for country and those Americans. We all owe them a lot, for their sacrifice and the inspiration they have bequeathed to each and every one of us.

Monthly blog by Joseph Badal

Joe is the author of five thrillers, including Shell Game, which was released in June 2012. He worked for nearly four decades in the financial services industry, including high-level executive positions in publicly traded institutions. Prior to his finance career, Joe served in the U.S. Army, with overseas tours of duty, including in Vietnam and Greece. He received numerous military decorations.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. V.E.G. permalink
    November 2, 2012 4:34 pm

    Tyrone Woods is the distant cousin of the Vanderbilt College Professor, Dewey Wesley Grantham!

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