Decorated Navy SEAL mourned by Mass. family

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September 14, 2012, 6:00 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - At a home, on a quiet New England street, a family is in mourning.
Flowers are arriving. Friends are showing up.

Another American is lost to conflict in the Middle East.

Glen Doherty of Winchester, Mass. was working in Libya as a private security contractor until Tuesday, when he became one of the four people killed in the attack on the American consulate in Libya.

"Glen lived his life to the fullest," his sister, Katie Quigley, said.

She spoke on behalf of the Doherty family after word of his death.

"He was my brother but if you ask his friends, he was their brother, as well."
Doherty was a decorated Navy SEAL.

He spent eight years as a SEAL and did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His sister said he even played a role in the raid that rescued Army Private Jessica Lynch in 2003.

“We ask for privacy during this time as we grieve for our friend, my brother, our brother, our son, and our American hero."

But Doherty was one of four who died Tuesday at the hands of Islamic extremists. There was a vigil Thursday night in Cambridge's Harvard square to remember them all.

Ambassador Chris Stevens was the first name announced. Then we learned of another navy SEAL and 20-year military veteran Tyrone Woods, who also did multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And most recently, American diplomat Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer.

And back to Doherty, after his tenure as a SEAL, Doherty was off to Hollywood where he played a role in NBC's show "The Wanted."

Fittingly, that show was about Navy SEALs, but no matter what these four men did in life, there's no telling how much they'll be missed in death.

Tags: libya, Sean Smith, Justin Michaels, winchester massachusetts, Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, katie quigley, tyrone woods
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