Patricia Smith, the mother of a Benghazi victim, was on the national radar after she gave a speech — largely about what she perceived as Hillary Clinton's failure to stop the 2012 attack — on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in July. On Monday, Patricia announced that she would attend the third and final presidential debate as Donald Trump's guest, which will inevitably put her loss and her son's death front of mind for many voters. So what happened to her son, Sean Smith, in Benghazi?
Sean Smith Watching the RNC on the news tonight while at work I watched the mother of slain American Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, a.k.a Vile Rat. Without dredging into Eve politics or American politics for that matter, just thought I'd take a moment to remember this fallen Eve brother, and all the others that have passed on since the advent of our shared passion, Eve Online. Smith was one of four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. Department of State's Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service on May 3, 2013. 10 On the day of his death, Smith typed a message to the director of his Eve Online gaming corporation that read, 'Assuming we don't die tonight.
Sean Patrick Smith (June 1, 1978 – September 11, 2012) was an information management officer with the United States Foreign Service who was killed during the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
There are conflicting reports about what exactly happened on that tumultuous day, but here are a few things we know about Smith and what happened to him. Smith was working as an information management officer with the United States Foreign Services in Benghazi at the time of the attacks. Tragically, Smith, a 10-year Foreign Services veteran, was one of the four people killed in the attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. He was 34 years old at the time of his death.
The day of the attack, Smith — an active member of the EVE Online guild Goonswarm and a moderator for the site Something Awful — sent an eerie message to the director of his online gaming guild: 'Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.' Unfortunately, Smith's observations were spot on.
According to his friends in the gaming world, Smith was on the instant messaging service Jabber when the attacks occurred. As Wired reported, his friend Alex Gianturco wrote in an online obituary that at first Smith's reaction seemed normal. 'In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened – incoming sirens, he’d vanish, we’d freak out and he’d come back ok after a bit. This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned.”
Smith was awarded the posthumously awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service in May 2013. He left behind his wife, Heather, and two children, Samantha and Nathan. There is no doubt that Smith's death was a tragic and unnecessary one that the candidates should both treat with the respect and dignity that it deserves — as much as that is possible on the debate stage.
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In Memoriam: The Legacy of Vile Rat and Sean Smith
(I was going to write this as a short broadcast to Goonswarm and the Imperium to mark the anniversary of Sean Smith’s death in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012. That short broadcast turned into an essay as the words and the grief began pouring out, and I’d like to share these meager reflections in the face of crushing loss in hopes that they strengthen the positive influence and legacy our friend left behind.)
This day is a brutal day for us, a reminder of the sacrifices of one of my closest friends and mentors, a leader of our people – who worked to make our lives better both from his position at the State Department and within Goonswarm – because he believed that our people deserve the very best.
For our people, the memory never fades and the ‘Never Forget’ slogans ring hollow, because on this day three years ago Sean Smith made the ultimate sacrifice. He put himself at risk in Pretoria, in Baghdad, and in Benghazi, and as he served the causes of peace and diplomacy in the real world, online he dedicated his unique and exceptional talents to help secure Goonswarm’s survival in a hostile galaxy bent upon our utter annihilation.
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Speaking personally, Sean was a mentor for many of us here in GSF. While I am hardly mature now, Sean’s guidance over the years had a tremendous influence on teaching me to be both a leader and a better person – I’m not sure what he saw in me back in the day, but I’m grateful that he took the time between 2006 and 2012 to bash a petty and insecure espionage director he met in an internet spaceship game into the imperfect but improved man I am today. There is a memory of him in my mind, and since his loss whenever I find myself in a bind – though I can no longer reach him for help on jabber or Skype – the legacy of his character as a person continually guides me since his loss. I remember him, his maturity, his humanity, his care for our people, and when I ask myself what Vile Rat would do, it is always the correct move.
There’s something to be said there about character. We sacrifice for our community, and some like Sean make the ultimate sacrifice, but the character of a good man leaves a legacy behind which we all can draw and learn from – think about that, how Sean’s memory guides us even now, and what sort of memory of our character we wish to leave behind to guide those who follow us. That legacy is a bright spot of greatness in a world of shadows, and Sean lights that darkness for us to this day, and forever – his memory influences our character, and when we pass ours will do the same for those who follow. Eventually, the names and events may fade from the minds of generations in the future, but the character and influence of that legacy lives on to better our lives.
What you see and enjoy today in this alliance and this coalition is a reflection of Sean’s vision, persistence in the face of impossible odds, and fundamental commitment to the betterment of our people. Each day we strive to fulfill that vision, yet on this day in particular each year we are shaken by our loss and his legacy. Remember Sean, remember his character, and recognize that even today – three years after Benghazi – he continues to make the world a better place for those he loved and guided – and that means you.
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