4 Slain Marines in Chattanooga Attack Have Been Identified
Details are emerging about the Marines who were killed yesterday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt have been identified as the four slain Marines.
Read on to learn more about them.
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan
Sullivan, of Springfield, Mass., survived two tours of duty in Iraq. The 40-year-old Marine was a Purple Heart recipient who also earned a Combat Action medal.
His friend, Josh Parnell, told Patch that Sullivan had survived the 2005 Battle of Abu Ghraib.
“There’s no Marine you would want that was better in combat than him,” Parnell said.
Nathan Bill's Bar & Restaurant, owned in part by Sullivan's brother, wrote in a touching Facebook tribute that the fallen Marine "was our hero and he will never be forgotten."
Lance Cpl. Skip Wells
Wells, 21, of Marietta, Ga., was the youngest of the four victims. He was a member of the Marine Forces Reserve.
Family spokesperson Andy Kingery told WSB-TV that Wells briefly attended Georgia Southern University but “felt a calling to serve in the Marines.”
“We don’t understand the whys. Senseless is a word used too often but this you can’t even hang your hat on,” Kingery said of the attack.
His mother, Cathy, provided photos of her son to Fox News. She said the two photos below were taken last week at Disney World when Wells was honored as a service member of the day.
Cathy said that her son died doing what he loved for the love of his country and his family.
Sgt. Carson Holmquist
Holmquist, the battery motor transport chief, lived in Jacksonville, N.C., with his wife and child. He was originally from Wisconsin.
The fallen Marine served in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. David Wyatt
Wyatt, the operations chief, lived in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.
Wyatt specialized in field artillery. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.
Police say 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez gunned down the four Marines before he was killed by police.
The Marines' remains are en route to Dover Air Force Base. Their coffins will be wrapped in the American flag.