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US Combat photographer took pics of her own death in mortar mishap…….

Extremely sad…..RIP

The last thing a hero combat photographer saw before she died: Army releases harrowing image of mortar blast that killed 22-year-old

Clayton, 22, died while taking photos in the Armored Brigade Combat Team

  • Spc. Hilda Clayton, a visual information specialist, died while taking photos of a training exercise
  • Five people were killed when a mortar tube accidentally exploded including three Afghan soldiers
  • Clayton and the Afghan photographer she was training were killed 

A combat photographer’s pictures that captured her last moments before she died have been released by the Army.

In July 2013, Spc. Hilda Clayton, a visual information specialist attached to 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, in Afghanistan, was taking photos of a live-fire training exercise in Qaraghahi, reported the Army Times.

The training was meant to certify Afghan soldiers on mortar operations.

Clayton, 22, was doing what she did best – documenting the scene with her camera.

Combat photographer Spc. Hilda Clayton was taking photos with an Afghan trainee (bottom left) when a mortar tube exploded

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