Army Releases Stunning Photo By Combat Photographer Moments Before Her Death

by Frankie Norman May 5, 2017, 15:10
Army Releases Stunning Photo By Combat Photographer Moments Before Her Death

She was killed in the explosion along with four Afghan National Army soldiers, including the other photojournalist.

Time reports Clayton, 22, took the final photo the instant before the detonation.

Only after Clayton's family and unit provided consent to publish the photographs taken by her, the Army's Military Review Journal did so.

Her photograph captures an Afghan soldier reacting to the blast during a live-fire training exercise.

A mortar tube exploded during the exercise, killing Clayton and four Afghan Army members who were in very close proximity.

The late US Army combat photographer Spc.

It said Specialist Clayton helped document the "strengthening" partnership between ANA soldiers and the USA during that time.

"She was out in the front line, doing her job as a journalist and recording the training that was going on with the Afghan military, and a couple of these photos were taken at the cost of her life", said Darley.
The publication also featured a photo taken by another photographer at the scene, who captured the bomb blast. He said that publishing Clayton's images were a tribute to her and ideal for an edition that in part focused on gender equality. "Their primary mission is to accompany combat soldiers wherever deployed to document the history of combat operations", the Journal read.

Clayton was the first combat documentation and production specialist to be killed in Afghanistan.

The photos have been published in the May-June edition of the Army's Military Review journal.

Official US Armed Forces newspaper Stars and Stripes reports that Clayton was killed during a live-fire training accident with the Afghan National Army on July 2nd, 2013.

Spc. Clayton was an Augusta native. Her photos, he added, "told the story of USA efforts in Afghanistan" and the maturation of Afghan forces. "Though nothing can fill the void that has been left, I hope that there is some consolation in knowing that Spc".


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