Chattanooga Fallen Five getting purple hearts

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) Congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s office confirms the five military service men killed in the July 16th Chattanooga terrorist attack will recieve purple hearts.

That news came out hours after the Director of the FBI said the Chattanooga attack was inspired by terrorist propoganda.

Rep. Fleischmann released this 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.”

Senator Bob Corker was also putting for answers for the families from the FBI.

He said, "I appreciate the efforts of all involved as they work tirelessly to piece together this puzzle so we can better protect ourselves in the future. The threat of terrorism is not just something we see across our shores anymore; it’s here in our homeland; it hit my hometown; and we must continue to show resolve in the fight against this evil.”

Senator Lamar Alexander says, “Five months ago today, a horrific act of terrorism shocked the Chattanooga community, taking the lives of 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 and injuring Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley. They were young men dedicated to serving our country, and today, these heroes are being awarded the Purple Hearts they deserve for their bravery and courage. When I spoke at the July memorial service of those who died, I quoted a poet who said it best: ‘They will never grow old, they will always be young and we know one thing with every bit of our thinking, they’re in the arms of God.’”

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