They deserved better from those they serve. They gave their lives because they have dedicated theirs to defending yours.
He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, survived two tours of duty in Iraq, and earned a Purple Heart. But, according to his family, he died in a domestic terrorist attack on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the hands of a madman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who shot up a military base, killing four Marines and wounding three others.Like URR, a Marine artilleryman from New England. Here is how his friends will remember Gunnery Sergeant Sullivan.
His name is Thomas J. Sullivan, 40, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, one of three kids of Jerry and Betty Sullivan. He grew up in the East Forest Park section of Springfield, graduated Cathedral High School and went on to serve his country in Iraq.
Just a few days ago, Sullivan was jogging along Mill Road in Hampden, Massachusetts, where his parents live.
As the other killed are identified, I'll add to this post.
UPDATE: Second Marine identified as Lance Corporal Skip Wells from Marietta, GA. Here is Lance Corporal Wells with his mother.
UPDATE: 37 year-old U.S. Marines Corps Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Hixson, TN. Married with three children.
UPDATE: Sergeant Carson Holmquist, USMC of Jacksonville, NC.
A Sailor has joined his Marines.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith died two days after a gunman opened fire at two military facilities, his step-grandmother Darlene Proxmire told NewsChannel 15.
Smith, 24, was shot three times while working as a logistics specialist at the Navy Operational Support Center, where four Marines were slaughtered in a barrage of bullets, his family told the Salina Journal.
The U.S. Navy said the sailor succumbed to his wounds at 2:17 a.m. Saturday without releasing his name.
Smith leaves behind a wife, Angie, and three daughters under the age of 7.