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SLIDESHOW: Purple Heart ceremony held to honor Chattanooga's Four Fallen Marines

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Cathy Wells, mother of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, poses with the Purple Heart medal presented to her by Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian Wednesday. Cathy Wells, mother of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, poses with the Purple Heart medal presented to her by Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian Wednesday.
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A private ceremony was held Wednesday morning at the Hunter Museum to honor the families of the four Marines killed on July 16.

The event was closed to the public. The Chattanooga Police Department’s command staff and Mayor Andy Berke were in attendance. Motorcycle officers from the Chattanooga Police Department provided an escort for the motorcade.

The families of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells and U.S. Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist were honored at the event.

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Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, the commanding general for Marine Forces Reserve, presented medals to the families of the four Marines killed during the July 16th attacks.

“Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us,” said McMillian. “But what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us,” he said.

An investigation conducted by the FBI and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service determined the attack had been inspired by a foreign terrorist group making the Marines eligible for the Purple Heart medal.

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