Congressional Gold Medals sought for former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi attack

Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty died helping others

SAN DIEGO - The mother of one of four Americans killed in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is in full support of the former Navy SEALs who tried to save her son.  

"They absolutely deserve the medals; they were killed," said Pat Smith of Clairemont, whose son Sean died in the attack.

Sean Smith, a computer expert, was sent to Benghazi by the U.S. State Department just before the attack.  

"I just want somebody to take responsibility for what happened because I don't want this to happen to our guys again," Pam Smith said.  

Republicans in the Senate have blasted the Obama administration after it was initially reported the attack was spontaneous. An internal report pointed to a lack of concern from Washington for the lapse in security.  

Meanwhile, House Republican Duncan D. Hunter has introduced legislation to recognize the bravery of the two former Navy SEALs working as CIA contractors who tried to help -- Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty -- with a Congressional Gold Medal.  

"With all the political turmoil over this event, their bravery and courage has been overlooked," Hunter said.  

Hunter is trying to gain bipartisan support for the measure, which he said is not politically motivated, but if it's seen that way in the Democratic-controlled Senate, he said, "There could be an effort to stop it."

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