In memory w/respect:
Ex-SEAL, online gaming maven among Benghazi dead
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Selected Article Excerpts:
Details began to emerge Thursday about some of the three Americans who died in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with Ambassador Chris Stevens, among them an avid gamer with an extensive online following and a former Navy SEAL who opposed religious fundamentalism in the military.
A diplomatic source told CNN that Doherty was in Libya on a mission to search for shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. The United States stepped up efforts to track down those weapons after the revolt that toppled former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Outside Doherty's family home in Woburn, Massachusetts, near Boston, his sister remembered him as "our American hero."
"Glen lived his life to the fullest," Katie Quigley told reporters. "He was my brother, but if you ask his friends, he was their brother as well."
After college in Arizona and stints as a "ski bum" and raft guide in Utah, Doherty joined the Navy and became a member of the elite SEAL commandos in 1995, his family said in a statement. He had planned to leave the service after knee surgery in 2001, but after the al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, he "was not allowed to to leave and didn't want to," his family said.
He also joined the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that has battled religious intolerance in the U.S. armed forces. Its president, former Air Force officer Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, said he was "in a state of shock" after learning of Doherty's death.
"He was one of our most active advisory board members," Weinstein said. "I was surprised he was willing to come on and lend the gravitas that comes with being a Navy SEAL to our cause." Doherty's involvement "made it easier for others to come to us," Weinstein added.
He said Doherty believed the kind of violent jihadists American troops faced were "a very small percentage of the overall mosaic of the Muslim faith," and saw anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and in the ranks as something that hurt U.S. national security.
"He went back to the Middle East because he cared deeply about the Muslim people, and because he cared about bringing freedom and democracy and human rights to the Middle East," Weinstein said. Doherty "was a kind and caring person, and I'm sure that he gave every last bit of his courage and strength" to defend the consulate and Stevens, he added.
"All this is going to do is light a further fire under us in Glen's name and memory to continue to fight for religious freedom and respect and tolerance."