A war photographer managed to capture the final second of her life by photographing the moment a mortar bomb accidentally exploded.
Spc. Hilda Clayton, who was based in Afghanistan, was on photo duty as soldiers took part in live-fire training in Qaraghahi in July 2013 when suddenly a mortar went off.
The 22 year old was working alongside an Afghan counterpart at the moment of the explosion. Both parties, which included three Afghan soldiers who were taking part in the exercise, were killed instantly.
Four years on, the photo has now been published in the May-June edition of the Army’s Military Review journal, after her family gave their blessing for the usage.
An article within the journal accompanied the photo with the following extract:
Not only did Clayton help document activities aimed at shaping and strengthening the partnership, but she also shared in the risk by participating in the effort.
The visual information specialist’s death was the first involving an Army combat documentation in the war, according to Stars and Stripes. She had been attached to 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, deployed to Forward Operating Base Gamberi, and was training herself as a combat photographer.