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.