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Bereaved Marine families of Chattanooga attack receive Purple Hearts

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Marines, family and friends attend the Purple Heart ceremony. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II / Released)
Marines, family and friends attend the Purple Heart ceremony. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II / Released)

The bereaved family members of the four Marines who were killed by a domestic terrorist last summer were presented the Purple Heart during a ceremony today.

The families of the Chattanooga, TN recruiters, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells received the medals from Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian, head of Marine Corps Forces Reserve.

– Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Maj. Maj. Christopher Cotton, inspector-instructor, Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve prepare to present the Purple Hearts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II / Released)
– Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Maj. Maj. Christopher Cotton, inspector-instructor, Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve prepare to present the Purple Hearts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II / Released)

“Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us,” McMillian said during the ceremony at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. “But what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us.”

Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve presents the Purple Heart to the families of the Marines killed by a gunman at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II)
Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve presents the Purple Heart to the families of the Marines killed by a gunman at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II)
The Marines were members of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines and were killed July 16 when 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on the Navy Operational Support Center after firing dozens of rounds into a nearby recruiting center.

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