Last Photo taken by Army Photographer just released

Mortar tube explodes during training killing 4 Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. Army Spc. Hilda I. Clayton July 2, 2013

I've worked in fields, and had the opportunity to serve with Military, both current and retired. I've seen kids shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan, only to come back different...changed. No longer innocent and hopeful, but pained and depressed. I've seen young men come back as shells...missing the life they used to have. Serving in the Military is certainly not glamorous. It's dangerous, and as this picture proves no one is safe. Spc. Hilda Clayton was a combat photographer, taking pictures during training. Training that included firing live mortar rounds. Something went wrong, and 5 people lost their lives. It's rare to see the last moments of someone's life, but here it is in 2 photos. The above from Spc. Clayton, and below from an Afghan soldier Spc. Clayton was training. It almost doesn't look real. It certainly is for the families of the soldiers. Let's be thankful for these young men and women, and the sacrifices they make, not for us, and not for Country, but themselves, and their families. (READ MORE about this story from the Army University Press)



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