Alexander Statement on Chattanooga Shooting Victims Receiving Purple Hearts

Posted on December 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2015 – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the announcement that the Department of the Navy will award Purple Hearts to the Chattanooga shooting victims:

“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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