ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURED HER OWN DEATH IN HER LAST SHOT

ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURED HER OWN DEATH IN HER LAST SHOT

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The U.S. Army has published the final photo of a combat photographer who captured on camera the blast that killed her in an accidental mortar explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.

The photograph of Spc. Hilda Clayton was published Monday in Military Review, “Clayton’s death symbolizes how female soldiers are increasingly exposed to hazardous situations in training and in combat on par with their male counterparts.”

The "haunting" image was captured by Spc. Hilda Clayton of an explosion that claimed her life in Afghanistan. (Photo: Hilda Clayton, U.S. Army Handout, EPA)
The “haunting” image was captured by Spc. Hilda Clayton of an explosion that claimed her life in Afghanistan. (Photo: Hilda Clayton, U.S. Army Handout, EPA)

Clayton, who was from Augusta, Georgia, was a member of the Fort Meade, Maryland-based 55th Signal Company, which is known as Combat Camera. She was 22.

The blast also killed four Afghan National Army soldiers. One of them was a photojournalist Clayton had partnered with to train.

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