October 28, 2013

Markey, Warren, Ayotte, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Honor Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Heroes Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack

Washington (October 28, 2013) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) today introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods in recognition of their contributions to the nation. Doherty and Woods, both former combat-decorated Navy SEALS, were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. Doherty was a native of Winchester, Massachusetts and Woods a native of Portland, Oregon.


“Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods’ commitment to country and distinguished service made them American heroes and examples of excellence that will endure forever,” said Senator Markey. “I am proud to introduce bipartisan legislation to honor their courage with the Congressional Gold Medal. These warriors made the ultimate sacrifice, and their memories will live on as an inspiration to all for their bravery and commitment to our nation.”


“Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods selflessly gave their lives in the service of our country, and we should honor their sacrifice,” said Senator Warren. “As former Navy SEALs, Glen and Tyrone demonstrated incredible courage throughout their careers. During combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and while protecting our diplomats abroad, their brave actions helped keep Americans safe. I am proud to support legislation to recognize their heroic service with the Congressional Gold Medal.”


“Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods served our nation with great distinction and bravery,” said Senator Ayotte. “In the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, they made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and this medal represents the deep gratitude of a nation that will never forget their heroic service and profound sacrifice.”


“Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died defending American diplomats, and awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal is the proper way to recognize their distinguished service and sacrifice,” said Senator Wyden. “These two men are heroes and should be honored as heroes.”


“Tyrone Woods was a courageous American who laid down his life protecting others,” said Senator Merkley. “I am proud to honor his service and sacrifice by introducing legislation to commemorate his bravery with the Congressional Gold Medal.”


A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.