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Alexander, Corker, Fleischmann, Graves ask U.S. Navy to name ship USS Chattanooga

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A memo from Sen. Lamar alexander's office outlines the official request made to the Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, to name a U.S. Navy vessel the U.S.S. Chattanooga to honor the Fallen Five servicemen killed in the July 16 attack.

WASHINGTON – In a letter today to Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representatives Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.) asked the U.S. Navy to give “all due consideration to honoring the five servicemembers killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16, 2015 by naming an appropriate naval vessel the USS Chattanooga.”

“In the wake of this tragedy, we believe that it is appropriate for the U.S. Navy to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives,” wrote Alexander, Corker, Fleischmann and Graves. “We therefore ask that you give all due consideration to naming an appropriate vessel the USS Chattanooga.” 

Full text of the letter is below and available online here.

Dear Secretary Mabus:

We are writing to ask that you give all due consideration to honoring the five servicemembers killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16, 2015 by naming an appropriate naval vessel the USS Chattanooga. The Chattanooga City Council and the Tennessee General Assembly passed separate resolutions supporting naming the next eligible U.S. Navy ship in honor of the five servicemembers who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attack in Chattanooga. 

On July 16, 2015, a lone terrorist attacked both a United States Military Recruiting Station and a Navy and Marine Corps Operational Support Center, ultimately claiming the lives of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith. Furthermore, the five servicemembers were awarded the Purple Heart on December 16, 2015 because the attacker was found to be inspired by propaganda from a foreign terrorist organization.

In the wake of this tragedy, we believe that it is appropriate for the U.S. Navy to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives. We therefore ask that you give all due consideration to naming an appropriate vessel the USS Chattanooga.

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