Jerry Newcombe

Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends. So said Jesus Christ.

There are many heroes we can honor on 9/11. Such as those who fought back on the plane that went down in a field in Pennsylvania. (Said Todd Beamer: “It’s time. Let’s roll.”) Such as all those firemen who went up the Twin Towers as they were burning from the terrorist attacks.

Thousands commemorated some of those heroic firefighters in runs across the US, including one called “Tunnels to Towers,” to remember fallen fireman, Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, trying to rescue as many as he could. At my pokey pace, I even got to run such a race in Ft. Lauderdale.

But there are at least three forgotten heroes from 9/11 that I want to highlight here. Three heroes from 9/11---2012. From the attack in Benghazi. Perhaps, there are others. But because so much about the Benghazi attack that killed our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three others, is still surrounded in controversy, we still don’t know all the details, definitively. Perhaps because the attack didn’t fit the narrative that Al-Qaeda was on the ropes and bin Laden was dead.

On November 2, 2012, CBS news provided a clear timeline of the fateful events that night, the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

All sides might not agree on some of the specific details, but this seems to be agreed to by all: Four Americans died on the attack on the consulate outpost in Benghazi, and they were the ambassador, information officer Sean Smith, and two Navy Seals, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, who died in a gunfight to protect Americans.

From what I can tell, both Ty Woods and Glen Doherty fit well with what Jesus said about “greater love.” As I understand it, because of their sacrifice, the lives of others were saved.

Another hero of that night was agent Scott Strickland, who apparently returned into harm’s way, into a burning building, to try and save the ambassador; but it was too late.

These should be household names---and perhaps there are others that didn’t make the reports. Who knows? Maybe they’ll all be honored properly some day in the made-for-TV movie.

There have been many hearings about Benghazi, the most famous being the one on January 23, where Hilary Clinton erupted in anger at one of the senators, asking: “What difference, at this point, does it make…?” As to the cause of the attack---i.e., a terrorist attack vs. a spontaneous mob protest brought on by a video. Why hold a hearing if the motive made no difference?

Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.