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UPDATE: Fallen Five to be awarded Purple Hearts

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UPDATE: The U.S. Navy will posthumously award Purple Heart medals to four Marines and a Navy sailor killed by a lone terrorist at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga this July.

The news comes from Congressman Chuck Fleischmann's office.

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“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 were killed and Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley was injured five months ago today during an act of terrorism in our great city of Chattanooga," Fleischmann says. "Today, they are receiving the Purple Heart in recognition of their bravery and service. These young men exemplify the best of our nation and their service will always be remembered.” 

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The news comes on the same day the FBI labeled the July 16 attack as an act of terror.

It took exactly five months for the FBI to deem the attack as an act of terror.

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