Sean P. Smith, KG4WSS, of Falls Church, Virginia, was killed when the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11. He was 34. Smith was one of four Americans, including Chris Stevens -- the US Ambassador to Libya -- who was killed in the attack.
Smith -- a native of San Diego -- enlisted in the Air Force in 1995 at age 17. He served six years as a ground radio maintenance specialist, including a deployment to Oman, before leaving the service in 2002 as a staff sergeant. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. Smith, who had worked at the State Department for 10 years, was in Libya on a temporary assignment when he was killed; Before his temporary assignment to Benghazi, Smith served for the State Department in Brussels, Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal and The Hague.
Whether as a State Department information management officer, an Air Force technician or an online gamer, Sean Patrick Smith was much admired as a wiz on computers.
President Obama spoke at a ceremony transferring the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya back to the United States. The President said, "Their sacrifice will never be forgotten."
"Sean Smith, it seems, lived to serve," President Obama remarked at Friday"s arrival ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
Before Smith"s temporary assignment to Benghzi, he served for the State Department in Brussels; Baghdad; Pretoria, South Africa; Montreal and The Hague.
He was well known in the online gaming community as an avid participant of the space fantasy game Eve, where he was known as "Vile Rat." A number of online tributes have been posted. "Sean was a great guy and he was a master at this game we all play, even though a lot of people may not realize how significant an influence he had," wrote Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco, one of Smith"s fellow gamers.
Smith is survived by his wife, Heather, and two young children, Samantha and Nathan. "They will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country, service that took him from Pretoria to Baghdad, and finally to Benghazi," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement.