Hundreds gather to honor Navy SEAL killed in Libya

Posted at 7:16 AM, Sep 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-21 12:58:31-04

WINCHESTER, Mass. - Hundreds gathered in Winchester, Mass. to pay their last respects to former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty.

Doherty was one of the four people killed in the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya last week.

The service was held at Doherty's childhood church, where he was once an altar server. People saluted, waved the American flag and shed some tears at his service.

Doherty loved skiing in Utah and his friends say Snowbird was his favorite place to play. He lived in Utah in the 1990's, before he became a Navy SEAL.

He went on to travel the world, serving his country in often dangerous places.

The former Utahn was protecting American leaders in Libya at the time of his death. For the first time since his killing, Doherty's brother Greg spoke about how it happened.

Glen Doherty was called to help while working private security for the late U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

"They fought their way in. There were 30 people working for diplomacy in a new country that wanted to live," said Greg Doherty. "The 30 people that had been rescued from the consulate lived, they live today, they're alive now."

The Doherty family wants people to remember the lives Glen Doherty saved.

Doherty will have a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, as do all military and former military service members.

His sister, Katie, says she would like Glen's ashes to end up on the West Coast.