Tennessee Honors Fallen 5 Servicemen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – With Memorial Day right around the corner, State and Military leaders joined together in Nashville to remember the fallen 5 servicemen.

It was July 16th of 2015 when a terrorist attack claimed the lives of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. “Skip” Wells, and Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith.

During the Memorial in Nashville, Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department honored the men.

“The Marines and Sailors who gave their lives in this tragic shooting in Chattanooga nearly a year ago demonstrates that our service members not only give their lives on foreign soil, but sometimes right here at home protecting the freedoms that we all enjoy today.”

Family members of the fallen 5 were awarded the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal.

Even though it’s been almost a year since the tragedy, they are still grieving.

Cathy Wells is the Mother of Lance Corporal “Skip” Wells.

“It’s, it’s, this has not been easy. This has not been easy, this has not been fun. This has been hell.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wants family members to know the state will remember their loved ones.

“So on behalf of the State of Tennessee, thank you. While we can’t, we can’t begin to replace your loss, know that we take great appreciation and we always will.”

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