Navy announces Purple Hearts will go to heroes targeted in this attack U.S. Navy photo/Justin Wolpert/Released
150815-N-VC599-003 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2015) - Battle crosses for fallen service members on stage during the memorial at McKenzie Arena at University of Tennessee Chattanooga. The memorial honored the four Marines and one Sailor who died in the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga shooting July 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Wednesday that the Navy will honor the four Marines and one sailor killed in the July attack on Chattanooga, Tenn with Purple Hearts. The Marine injured in the attack will also receive the award.

“On July 16th of this year, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire D. ‘Skip’ Wells, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith were killed and Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley was injured during a tragic and senseless attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee,” Mabus announced.

“The attack was determined to have been inspired by a foreign terrorist group,” Mabus said.

“Although the Purple Heart can never possibly replace this brave sailor and these brave Marines, it is my hope that as their families and the entire Department of the Navy team continue to mourn their loss, these awards provide some small measure of solace. Their heroism and service to our nation will be remembered always,” Mabus added.


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