Maybe “some” light rather than “sunlight” is a more accurate way to describe the tad of recent news about wounded Benghazi Security Agent David Ubben. Ubben (31) was the security agent with Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith the night they died. He was initially hospitalized at Ramstein Air Force Base, and arrived at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. by at least October 3, 2012. Bret Baier told a portion of his story in his video Death and Deceit in Benghazi. Mr. Ubben’s father, Rex Ubben was speaking out about the very serious injuries his son received last fall, saying he “was blown up twice.” He had many broken bones, shrapnel wounds and almost lost a leg. By October 3, 2012, Rex Ubben was asking the State Department to own up to their “shortcomings.” His son is still in the hospital 10 months and about 13 days later, and State and the White House are still lying and stalling by saying nothing at all.
Since, there has been little news about David Ubben, and no news about the 29 others who made it out of Benghazi alive. In May 2013, Newsbusters had this:
Rex Ubben, 60, said he was a 24-year Air Force veteran who retired in 1995 as master sergeant. He was based at various U.S. embassies. Since retiring, he has been a computer programmer for several banks.
He said David Ubben [his son] described the violence on Sept. 11 as “obviously an attack and not a riot,” and sketched out what appeared to be a sophisticated mortar attack during the second wave of the assault. That took place at another compound where U.S. and Libyan personnel retreated, and resulted in the death of Doherty and Woods.
“What I wanted to know was whether the second part of the attack was pre-planned. The first (mortar) dropped 50 yards short and the next two were right on target,” he said, adding his son “was not conscious for any more.”
“This indicates to me that someone was either very, very good, highly trained and skilled, or that the mortar was already set up and pointed at the safe house and only minor adjustments were needed,” he said.
In October 2012, I transcribed the following details about Ubben from the video below, and since haven’t found much about him Fox and Friends confirmed that Ubben was in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
9:40 pm: An amateur video captures the first movement outside the Compound. The attackers break through the main gate, and then move to the understaffed “mission barracks.” …
Back in the residence where Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith are, the Security Agent believed to be David Ubben, comes to Stevens bedroom and takes him and Sean Smith to the “Safe Haven,” a room within the main residence building….
Ubben radioes other in the Compound and says they “are fine.”
Other Security Agents in the Compound are scrambling amidst gunfire and explosions, gathering machine guns, body armor and ammo from other buildings. Two agents head for the residence and the Safe Haven. They have to divert or face a large group of armed men. The return to their building and barricade themselves.
At this point there are seven Americans at three different locations: Stevens, Smith and Ubben at the main residence, two Special Agents at the second residence and cafeteria, known as Building B, and two more at the TOC. Attackers are all around….
Inside the main residence where Stevens, Smith and Ubben are hiding, attackers get in an ramsack the place and try to get through the locked gate which leads to the Safe Haven. It’s dark inside. They can’t see anything. They try the lock and can’t break it. On the other side, Agent Ubben has a gun trained on them….
10:00 pm: The Safe Haven is black with thick smoke and fumes. Ubben, Stevens and Smith move to a bathroom within the “safe” area which has a window. The window is barred, and it won’t open. They drop to the floor tying to find breathable air, but there was none. They decide to leave the Safe Haven and take their chances.
They find another barred window which Ubben was able to open. He crawls out of it, but Stevens and Smith do not follow. Ubben goes back in to the hell hole – in and out several times, but cannot find the Ambassador or Sean Smith. He is overcome with smoke and struggles up a small ladder to a rooftop, collapses and radioes the other agents.
At the Annex a mile away there is a small “unit of security,” with six Americans and 16 from the Libyan militia. They arrive at the Consulate Compound. Some surround the Compound. Others go inside the gates. They cannot find Chris Stevens.
11:00 pm: Libyan forces say they can no longer hold the perimeter. The American Agents carry Smith’s body to an armored vehicle and go through the main gate, heading for the Annex. They are fired upon, and two grenades explode under their vehicle. They take direct fire from AK-47s from about two feet away! They have two flat tires, but keep rolling. They finally make it to the Annex with injured Agent David Ubben with them….
Around 4 a.m.: The Annex compound is hit by another wave of attacks, described as “planned and precise.” A round of mortar fire set well behind the Annex gate turns out to be deadly. Killed in that attack are former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods. Agent Agent David Ubben is badly injured again….
8:30 a.m.: A second flight leaves with the remaining Americans onboard, plus the bodies of Stevens, Smith, Woods and Doherty and perhaps gravely injured Agent David Ubben
Somewhere out there, there are 29 other Benghazi survivors. How many are/were injured. How many were “gravely” wounded? God Bless David Ubben for his service and courage. Perhaps one day will be well enough, and free enough, to tell his story.
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