Families of fallen Chattanooga Marines receive Purple Hearts

 
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Families of fallen Chattanooga Marines receive Purple Hearts

An update to previous stories about the Chattanooga recuiter depot shooting:

Four Marine families were presented with the Purple Heart medal Wednesday after their loved ones were shot and killed by a homegrown terrorist last summer in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The families of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells received the medals from Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian, head of Marine Corps Forces Reserve, during a ceremony at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga.

“Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us,” McMillian said, according to a Marine Corps news release. “But what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us."

The Marines, members of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, were killed July 16 when a lone gunman opened fire on the Navy Operational Support Center after firing dozens of rounds into a nearby recruiting center.

And lest one question whether it was some guy just shooting, or evidence of a larger Jihad, NBC news had this:

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the gunman who allegedly killed four Marines and a Navy sailor last week in Tennessee, had downloaded audio recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-Yemeni cleric who was a recruiter for al Qaeda, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

The gunman also had CDs of al-Awlaki's sermons, the officials said. Al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

A law enforcement official also told NBC News that Abdulazeez's uncle in Jordan is believed to be "radical" and officials are investigating whether he influenced Abdulazeez when he was living there. Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan from April to November 2014.

Either way, it's nice that the family got the deserved honors for our fallen heroes.

 


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My prayers are for the families. Semper Fi!
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