Memorial brick to be placed for Marine killed in Chattanooga attacks
SNELLVILLE – A brick will be placed on the city’s Veterans Memorial in honor of Staff Sgt. David Allen Wyatt, one of the five service members killed in an attack on a military base in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week.
Wyatt’s aunt, Robin Wyatt, is a Snellville attorney.
“The (Snellville Veterans Memorial Committee) believed Mr. Wyatt had connections with Snellville so he belongs on our wall,” said Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts. “That’s what the wall is about. The wall is about remembering and honoring the people who served and protected our country.”
Witts said he expects the brick, which reads “David Wyatt USMC Chattanooga”, will be on the Memorial by Veterans Day. Witts said there will be a ceremony honoring Wyatt on that day.
Wyatt, age 35, of Hixson, Tenn. was born Nov. 7, 1979 in Morganton, N.C. He grew up in Ozark and Russellville, Ark. An Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America, he graduated from Russellville High School in 1998 and attended Piedmont Community College in Morganton, N.C., Arkansas Tech, and MSU in Missoula, Mont.
Following the events of 9/11, Wyatt joined the United States Marine Corp. He graduated Boot Camp from Parris Island, S.C. which began an 11-year career that led him to serve in multiple locations including Okinawa, Japan, 29 Palms, Calif., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Kuwait, and Korea. He fought in Operation Freedom in both Iraq and Afghanistan.