Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks at the transfer of remains ceremony marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four American’s killed in Benghazi, Libya. The ceremony took place on Sept. 14, 2012 at Andrews Air Force Base.
CLINTON: Thank you very much, Chaplain. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Secretary Panetta, Ambassador Rice, Secretary Powell and Mrs. Powell, family members of the four patriots and heroes we bring home, members of the State Department family, ladies and gentlemen.
Today, we bring home four Americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. To the families of our fallen colleagues, I offer our most heartfelt condolences and deepest gratitude.
Sean Smith joined the State Department after six years in the Air Force. He was respected as an expert on technology by colleagues in Pretoria, Baghdad, Montreal and The Hague. He enrolled in correspondence courses at Penn State and had high hopes for the future.
CLINTON: Sean leaves behind a loving wife, Heather, two young children, Samantha and Nathan, and scores of grieving family, friends and colleagues. And that’s just in this world, because online, in the virtual world that Sean helped create, he is also being mourned by countless competitors, collaborators and gamers who shared his passion.
Tyrone Woods, known to most as Rone, spent two decades as a Navy SEAL, serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East.
He had the hands of a healer, as well as the arms of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic.
Our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter and Kai -- born just a few months ago, along with his grieving family, friends and colleagues.
Glen Doherty, who went by Bub, was also a former SEAL and an experienced paramedic. He, too, died as he lived, serving his country and protecting his colleagues.
Glen deployed to some of the most dangerous places on Earth, including Iraq and Afghanistan, always putting his life on the line to safeguard other Americans. Our thoughts and prayers are with Glen’s father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, his sister Kathleen, and their grieving families, friends and colleagues.
I was honored to know Ambassador Chris Stevens. I want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing Chris with us and with our country. What a wonderful gift you gave us.
Over his distinguished career in the foreign service, Chris won friends for the United States in farflung places. He made those people’s hopes his own.
During the revolution in Libya he risked his life to help protect the Libyan people from a tyrant. And he gave his life helping them build a better country.
People loved to work with Chris, and as he rose to through the ranks they loved to work for Chris. He was known not only for his courage but for his smile -- goofy but contagious; for his sense of fun and that California cool. In the days since the attack, so many Libyans, including the ambassador from Libya to the United States, who is with us today, have expressed their sorrow and solidarity.