On July 16, 2015, we lost five heroes:
Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith.
From that day on, Chattanoogans have come together to honor our fallen five and the brave actions of the men and women of our Armed Forces and local law enforcement.
FALLEN FIVE MEMORIAL FUND
Through the Fallen Five Memorial Fund, and the hard work of a steering committee, Chattanooga will build a permanent memorial to compliment the monuments, flags, and murals located throughout the city today.
This memorial will serve as a place of reflection, remembrance, and prayer - but most importantly, this memorial will forever honor our Fallen Five: Sullivan, Wyatt, Holmquist, Wells, and Smith.
To donate to the Fallen Five Memorial Fund, click here.
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REMEMBERING THE DAY - JULY 16, 2015
On July 16, 2015, a gunman opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He first committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center off of Lee Highway, then traveled to a U.S. Navy Reserve center and continued firing. There he was killed by officers with the Chattanooga Police Department during a gunfight.
Five people were killed by the gunman. The casualties included four U.S. Marines who died at the scene and one U.S. Navy sailor who died at a hospital two days later. They were later identified as:
Marine Corps Sergeant Carson A. Holmquist, 25
Navy Logistics Specialist Second Class Randall Smith, 26
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan, 40
Marine CorpsLance Corporal Squire K. "Skip" Wells, 21
Marine Corps Staff Sergeant David A. Wyatt, 35
In addition, two other people were wounded. They were Sergeant DeMonte Cheeley, a Marine recruiter who was shot in the leg, treated, and released; and Dennis Pedigo, Jr., a police officer who was shot in the ankle.