‘An Occurrence at Chattanooga, Tennessee’ by Slade W. U. Bierce The Society July 22, 2015 News of Note, Poetry 2 Comments While we expect for our marines to go into harm’s way, and so they do so, and without a hesitation’s stay; when they’re attacked at home and killed in their community, it is insidious and dreadful to the nth degree; and this is what occurred in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when a base villain armed with a machine gun shot four dead. For friends and families, a void that never can be filled has now appeared within their lives, the day these four were killed: no words can bring young Skip Wells back, who was but twenty-one; nor Carson Holmquist, twenty-seven, there are simply none; and David Wyatt, thirty-seven left wife, daughter, son, and forty-year-old Thomas Sullivan his purple heart. But bad news didn’t end there; we learned sailor Randall Smith, a father, twenty-seven, of three daughters, makes a fifth. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 2 Responses Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi July 26, 2015 A moving tribute. Reply Terence Marin July 26, 2015 Reading about the “base villain,” I couldn’t help but wonder why there wasn’t more about those soldiers who were killed. A good and relevant poem. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.