July 5, 2013

Hilda Clayton - U.S. Military

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, age 22, of Augusta, Georgia, died on July 2, 2013, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan.

It has been reported that Hilda died during an Afghan National Army training exercise, when a mortar system failed and created a catastrophic explosion that killed four people and wounded 11. The incident is under investigation.

Hilda was assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. She was a military photographer.

She graduated from Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2009 and majored in business studies and cosmetology at Augusta Technical College.

In July of 2012, Hilda graduated from the Defense Information School.

Hilda was a member of the Baltimore Nighthawks–an all women football team. Her
Angels of God, pray for Hilda
teammates are devastated by her death.

Friends describe her as a pure soul and a genuine person.

Military officials describe her as always willing to take on any mission and as a valued professional in her work.

Her husband stated that Hilda died doing what she loved for her country. She will be forever missed.

Hilda is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her parents and her husband, Chase Clayton.

Thank you for serving, Hilda.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for women like Hilda.

Pray that Hilda is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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