Marine Corps Identifies 4 Service Members Who Died In Chattanooga Attack

July 17, 2015

Their experience levels ranged from multiple deployments in war zones to one year in the service with no deployments. Their homes ranged from Georgia to Wisconsin, but their lives converged in Thursday’s deadly attack in Tennessee.

The Marine Corps has formally identified the victims as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells.

All died in Thursday’s attack after a gunman opened fire at a joint Navy and Marine Corps facility in Chattanooga, in an incident that followed an attack on a recruiting center. Several others were injured, including a police officer.

“Please keep our fallen Marines in Tennessee and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. said Friday. “Also pray for a speedy recovery of those wounded and affected by this tragedy. Our focus remains on supporting the families of our Marines.”

Read what we know so far about the attacker.

Here’s how the Marine Corps describes the service records of the four who died Thursday:

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan

Entered service: Sept. 1997
Home of record: Hampden, Massachusetts
Military Occupational Specialty: 0811 (Field Artillery Cannoneer)

Deployments: Aug. 18, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015 (Western Pacific), Sep. 16, 2007 – Apr. 22, 2008 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Sept. 10, 2004 – Apr. 17, 2005 (OIF)

Duty status: Active

Awards and decorations: Good Conduct Medal (4), Purple Heart (2), Combat Action Ribbon (1), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1), Korean Defense Service Medal (1), Recruiting Ribbon (1), Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5), Armed Forces Service Medal (1), Humanitarian Service Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (1), National Defense Service Medal (1)

Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt

Entered service: May, 2004
Home of record: Burke, North Carolina
Military Occupational Specialty: 0848 (Field Artillery Operations Man)

Deployments: Oct. 20, 2010 – May 2, 2011 (Operation Enduring Freedom), Jan. 1 – Apr. 20, 2008 (OIF), Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2007 (OIF)

Duty status: Active

Awards and decorations: Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1), Good Conduct Medal (3), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1), Iraq Campaign Medal (1), Korean Defense Service Medal (1), Humanitarian Service Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), National Defense Service Medal (1), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), Letter of Appreciation (3), NATO-ISAF Service Medal (1)

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist

Entered service: Jan. 2009
Home of record: Polk, Wisconsin
Military Occupational Specialty: 3521 (Automotive Maintenance Technician)

Deployments: Jan. 1, 2014 – May 22, 2014 (OEF), Sep. 26, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013 (OEF)

Duty status: Active

Awards and decorations: Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1), Good Conduct Medal (1), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), National Defense Service Medal (1), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), NATO-ISAF Service Medal (1), Certificate of Commendation (1), Letter of Appreciation (1)

Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells

Entered service: Feb. 2014
Home of record: Cobb, Georgia
Military Occupational Specialty: 0811 (Field Artillery Cannoneer)

Deployments: None

Duty status: Select Marine Corps Reserve (he was on active duty operational support mobilization orders)

Awards and decorations: National Defense Service Medal (1), Certificate of Appreciation (1)

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