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