Chattanooga remembers the Fallen Five seven years later
Friends of the Festival Executive Director Mickey McCamish becomes Retired Navy Captain Mickey McCamish every July 16th
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Seven years ago today, five servicemen in Chattanooga were gunned down in a case of domestic terrorism. Their names are Sergeant Carson Allen Louis Holmquist (USMC), Logistics Specialist Second Class Randall Scott Smith (NAVY), Staff Sergeant David Allen Wyatt (USMC), Lance Corporal Squire Kimpton Paul “Skip” Wells (USMC), and Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan (USMC).
The city had its heart broken that day, but united then to honor the fallen five.
On that same date in 2022, the memories are fresh for some. Not so fresh for others, but the need to remember the Fallen Five hasn’t gone away.
The executive director of Friends of the Festival, Mickey McCamish, left his regular sky blue polo at home and came to tonight’s Riverfront Nights in his dress whites as a retired Navy captain.
He spoke highly of the fallen servicemen, whom he worked with on a regular basis.
“Worked with them in numerous events. Armed Forces Day Parades. They were all involved in that. And, of course, Petty Officer Smith had even, right here at Riverfront Nights and Riverbend, had raised money for the Navy Birthday Ball.”
McCamish knows there are new transplants to Chattanooga, and may not understand the significance of the moment seven years ago when the five servicemen were killed. Each year on this date, McCamish honors those men, and hopes even the new residents will find it in their hearts to do so.
“There are people that were not here. They might have heard about it in another part of the world, but it’s important for them to realize that it happened right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And, we in Chattanooga want to remember the Fallen Five, and here’s the way we choose to do it.”
What happened to the Fallen Five shows Chattanooga, and people across the nation that domestic terrorism can happen anywhere.
“You never think it’s going to happen in your backyard, but, here, it happened in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our own backyard. So, you’ve always got to be alert. You never know when a terrorist or when an attack can occur.”
The original Chattanooga Unite remembrance ceremony took place in September of 2015.
The emcee of the event was none other than native son Samuel L. Jackson.