“7.16.2015…”

Posted: July 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

One Week Ago… The United States of America Was Hit With Yet Another Act Of Terrorism In Chattanooga, Tennessee…

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4 United States Marines & 1 United States Navy Sailor Lives Were Taken By This F–Kin’ Piece Of S–T…

Semper Fi Marines… OOH-RAH…

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Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, N.C.

“He’s the kind of man that this country needs more of.”

That’s how Wyatt’s former Boy Scout scoutmaster, Tony Ward, described him. Ward, was Wyatt’s scoutmaster when he was in high school in Russellville, Ark. He said Wyatt attained the Eagle Scout rank and graduated in 1991.

Wyatt enlisted in 2004, the Pentagon said, and had been living in Burke County, N.C. He was deployed three times, including twice in Iraq.

Ward called the fallen Marine a man who enjoyed life, a “hard charger,” someone who cared about his job and those who served with him.

Wyatt was also a father and husband.

A family friend, Jenna Apps, described Wyatt as a “great person with a contagious, fun loving and caring personality.”

Apps said she and her husband met Wyatt and his wife, Lorri, in 2007. That’s when Apps’ husband and Wyatt were stationed at Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County, Calif.

An American flag hung outside the Wyatt home in Chattanooga, where a Hamilton County sheriff’s deputy stood guard Friday. Neighbors said they often saw two children playing outside.

The day that Wyatt died, Thursday, the home was packed with visitors.

“There were seven or eight cars there last night. I thought they were having a party,” said a neighbor, Antony Madakacherry.

It was anything but.

“It didn’t go through my mind,” Madakacherry said of the Chattanooga shootings.

Thinking of Wyatt brought tears to another neighbor’s eyes during a Friday morning vigil in Chattanooga.

“There is no sleep tonight,” a family member posted on Wyatt family members Facebook page late Thursday night.

“None,” Lorri Wyatt responded.

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, Mass.

Sullivan served two tours of duty in Iraq in the nearly 18 years he had been enlisted, according to the Pentagon.

He earned two Purple Hearts for his service.

Sullivan’s unit — India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines — called him “one of our own” on its Facebook page.

He was also one of Jerry and Betty Sullivan’s own. The couple had three children, Sullivan and two siblings. Their home in Hampden was flooded with waves of grief Friday.

A stream of visitors brought flowers, food and gifts.

Standing outside, Hampden Police Chief Jeff Fansworth told reporters the family was in shock and disbelief.

“How hard would it be for anybody to lose a child?” he asked.

“It doesn’t get much harder than that.”

The town of Hampden is just outside Springfield, Mass., where Sullivan grew up and graduated from Cathedral High School.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a statement that Sullivan’s death is “is a tragic loss not just for the Springfield community but for our entire nation.”

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered flags to half-staff as he proclaimed “Terror comes home to Massachusetts.”

A giant U.S. flag and another representing the Marine Corps hung outside a Springfield restaurant owned by Sullivan’s brother Joseph.

“He was our hero,” read a post on the Facebook page of the restaurant, “and he will never be forgotten.”

Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells of Cobb, Ga.

“Can’t wait anymore,” Wells texted his girlfriend of 2½ years. He sent the message Thursday morning.

“Yes you can honey,” Caroline Dove replied. She had booked a flight to visit him after months apart.

His next two words would be the last she’d ever get from him.

“ACTIVE SHOOTER,” he wrote.

She thought he was kidding. “You are so weird,” she replied.

Then came hours of silence.

“I love you,” she tried.

More hours passed. The news out of Chattanooga became more clear.

“Hon, I need you to answer me please,” she wrote.

It was Friday that she learned his fate.

The two met at Georgia Southern University, and Wells soon followed in his family footsteps and enlisted. His grandfather had been in the Air Force, and his grandmother and mother served in the Navy, Dove said.

Through tears, she remembered her boyfriend’s love of flag football and Nerf guns, his passion for U.S. history, his ability to handle her when she was grouchy and how good he was at listening.

He dreamed of being a drill instructor, and when they last saw each other around Valentine’s Day, he gave her a gold-and-silver ring. When the time came to propose, she said, he knew to ask her parents first.

Wells’ mother was watching television coverage of the shooting when Marines appeared at her door. She knew what the visit meant.

“Every service parent, especially moms, dreads opening the front door and seeing people in uniform,” said Andy Kingery, a friend who is acting as a family spokesman.

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk County, Wis.

Holmquist was so proud when he finished bootcamp, he returned to his hometown of Granstburg, Wisc., and paid a visit to his high school.

He wore his formal blues.

Grantsburg High School Principal Josh Watt, who was one of Holmquist’s football coaches, remembers the day his former cornerback showed up, the pride in his accomplishment apparent.

“When he became a Marine he was very proud of that,” Watt said Friday.

The principal remembered Holmquist as a strong player, an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish, a young man committed to succeeding. He graduated in 2008.

The Pentagon said he enlisted in January 2009 and was serving as an automotive maintenance technician. He had completed two deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Reached by phone, the slain Marine’s father said he wasn’t ready to talk yet, and his grandmother declined to comment as well.

Sadness permeated his small hometown, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Minneapolis.

“It’s a very tough day in Grantsburg,” Watt said.

Petty Officer Randall Smith of Paulding County, Ohio.

ALRIGHT… HERE WE GO!!!

Strength… Rest Day!!!

MetCon…

For a Total of 5 Rounds:

7 Thrusters (Rx’d: M-95lbs/F-65lbs…)

16 KettleBell Swings (Rx’d: M-53lbs/F-35lbs…)

20 Double Unders (Rx’d: M&F… MOD: Mt. Climbers…)

15 Burpees Over Barbell

3…2…1…GO!!!

Mando

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