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.”