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Front Page - Friday, December 25, 2015

Chattanooga shootings victims to receive Purple Heart

Pictured: A Marine gives the final roll call for the Sailor and four Marines during a memorial service held Aug. 15 at McKenzie Arena. - (Photo by David Laprad)

Just hours after the FBI Director designated the Chattanooga shootings as terrorism, the Secretary of the Navy announced that the victims of those attacks will receive the Purple Heart.

Following the announcement, Congressman Fleischmann made the following statement: 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, five months ago today during an act of terrorism in our great city of Chattanooga.

Today, they are receiving the Purple Heart in recognition of their bravery and service. These young men exemplify the best of our nation, and their service will always be remembered.”