Soldier from Augusta dies in Afghanistan

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A 22-year-old soldier from Augusta died Tuesday in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Army Spc.Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, died Tuesday in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan. She was stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland.   SPECIAL
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U.S. Army Spc.Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, died Tuesday in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan. She was stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Army Spc. Hilda I. Clayton died in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, after the incident occurred in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation and no details were released.

Clayton, stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Md., was a combat documentation specialist and assigned to the 55th Signal Co., a combat camera unit, 21st Signal Brigade, said Fort Meade spokesman Chad Jones.

Clayton had been with that unit since July 2012 after graduating from the Defense Information School, also at Fort Meade. As part of her job, Clayton documented combat situations on the battlefield for the Department of Defense, Jones said.

Jones said the Fort Meade community was “completely taken aback by this,” as the announcement came just a day before U.S. residents celebrate the country’s independence and military personnel.

“Freedom is not free,” he said. “This is a solemn reminder of that.”

This is the second death in recent weeks of a young soldier with local ties.

On June 18, Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, was among four soldiers killed in Bagram, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked her unit at the air base there. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Alt was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo. She was a wheeled-vehicle mechanic and had joined the Army in May 2011.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/04/13 - 06:25 am
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She obviously was one the best in her MOS.

and a bright sharp minded person to have been grabbed by that group at such a young age.

My sincerest condolences to the family.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/04/13 - 07:24 am
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My condolences to her family

My condolences to her family and friends.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/04/13 - 07:30 am
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Another member of the Army

Another member of the Army family gone. God bless her family.

juantez
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juantez 07/04/13 - 08:28 am
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This is so true.
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“Freedom is not free,” he said. “This is a solemn reminder of that.”

jasper1
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jasper1 07/04/13 - 09:09 am
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Another senseless death, time

Another senseless death, time to bring them all home. How much more can these families take?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/04/13 - 09:15 am
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God bless
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Spec. Clayton's soul.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/04/13 - 09:21 am
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Time to bring them home
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My condolences to her family and friends.

jeff scott
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jeff scott 07/04/13 - 10:11 am
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It's not a "senseless" death.

It's not a "senseless" death. It is a death with dignity and honor. Not everybody dies in a proud manner. When you wear a uniform (she was 24/7) you die while in service to many others. Some people live selfishly and die selfishly...they leave without honor. Though this is sad and painful, it is not, however, without some sense.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 10:19 am
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"Another senseless death, time to bring

them all home. How much more can these families take?"

Or maybe it's time to stop making political hay on the backs of our warriors. They are there because they want to be. They know the mission and the reason for it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 08:05 pm
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Memorial Day

I was at a Memorial Day service this year at a local cemetery. There were several civilians there, several veterans, a color guard from Fort Gordon, a chaplain from Fort Gordon in uniform, and a choir. The featured speaker was Lee Anderson, former Georgia legislator and failed candidate for U.S. House.

In his speech he got to a climax and shouted, "Bring our troops home, now!" The attendees were deathly silent. No applause, no boos. I felt anger at Anderson, but I said nothing. Later, upon reflection, I wish I had said, "The enemy is not defeated, Mr. Anderson. America does not bring its troops home until the enemy surrenders or is crushed."

chascushman
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chascushman 07/04/13 - 03:31 pm
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"The enemy is not defeated,
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"The enemy is not defeated, Mr. Anderson. America does not bring its troops home until the enemy surrenders or is crushed."
Little lamb, we have done all we can in Afghanistan. Time to come home.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 04:42 pm
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"Little lamb, we have done all we can in

Afghanistan. Time to come home."

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"We have done all we can."

And you know this because.....????

Several of Lincoln's generals said pretty much the same thing.

He just swapped them out for leaders with a better attitude.

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JENNPAT 07/04/13 - 05:20 pm
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This is so sad

A young woman who gave her life for her country.when is all this going to stop.Those people will be fighting until the end of time but please don't make our people who serves to keep us safe wait to come home bring them home and let thoses people keep fighting that is what they have always done .So why does the people in Washington think they can stop the fighting now all they are doing is getting our women and men killed my thoughts and prayers go out to the love ones and friends of Army Spc.Hilda Clayton may God be with them

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 06:45 pm
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I will agree she died in service to her country...

On the other hand, the Department of Defense ruled it a "non-combat incident" so being in Afghanistan was in fact ancillary to her death.

As a twenty-seven year veteran, I've seen almost as many training deaths as I have seen in combat.

Stop using this soldier and her family for an anti-war crusade.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 08:13 pm
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War

At the urging of President Bush, the U.S. Congress declared war on Islamic Terrorism. I thought at the time and still do that declaring war on a movement instead of a government is an unwise thing to do; but, hey, our Congress went along and provided the funding.

The initial theater of the war was Afghanistan. President Bush (foolishly, in my opinion) expanded the war to a second theater, Iraq. Now, President Obama has expanded the war to theaters in Libya, Egypt, and Syria. It will be a matter of time until he has to send troops into Indonesia, another hotbed of Islamic terrorism.

Eventually, Iran must enter the fray.

Still, America should not cut and run. The Islamic terrorists are still our enemies. They have not surrendered.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 08:19 pm
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When?

JENNPAT asked:

When is all this going to stop?

When the Islamic terrorists surrender and sign a peace treaty acknowledging that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish nation with Jerusalem as its capital - - - -

OR

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to establish his kingdom in the New Jerusalem.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 09:40 pm
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Lamb - You do know, don't you that neither

of the options you outlined are likely to happen?

Most likely, if the jihadis realize they can't win they will very slowly (over a period of many decades) fade into the woodwork. All except for a few hardliners that is.

What they will never do is acknowledge defeat.

There will come a time when we will leave the battlefield, but it should happen after we stabilize a free and democratically elected government.

So far, that's not happening but to leave prematurely is to invite a disaster the likes of which we are not prepared to handle.

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Privy 07/04/13 - 10:21 pm
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Her family is very proud of

Her family is very proud of her and heartbroken. Evelyn, Josie, Jesse and Chase my thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Hilda you were a beautiful, smart and brave young lady. It has been my honor to have known you and your family.

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