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An honor guard folds the American flag during an interment ceremony for Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith at Chattanooga National Cemetery. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)
"The Navy Postal Clerk Association has honored LS2 Randall S. Smith, a victim of the shooting incident at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Jul. 16, 2015, by including him on their Shipmates Forever list. This list is in memory of postal clerks who received permanent change of station orders to join the Supreme Commander’s Staff in Heaven. The LS Rating (Logistics Specialist) was formed on Oct. 1, 2009, when the Postal Clerk and Storekeeper ratings were realigned and merged." – Mr. Alan Hass, President of the Navy Postal Clerks Association
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall S. Smith who was a victim of the shooting incident at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away July 18, 2015.
LS2 Smith was a staff member of NOSC Chattanooga where he was the training and operations Petty Officer supporting more than 140 Reserve Sailors.
LS2 Smith enlisted in the Navy on 15 September 2010 in his home state of Ohio. He attended Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, IL followed by Logistics Specialist “A” School in Meridian, MS. His first tour was as Hazardous Material Supervisor and Storeroom Logistics Specialist on USS Wasp (LHD 1).
LS2 Smith is survived by his wife and three daughters. Service was held July 28, 2015 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia with the funeral following in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A memorial service was also held on August 15.
On Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015, the Navy and Marine Corps felt a loss as Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga,Tennessee, was the target of a gunman who fired multiple shots, killing four U.S. Marines and injuring one Sailor who days later passed away.
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Pallbearers carry the casket of Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith at Chattanooga National Cemetery. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Clp. Squire Wells, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Petty Officer Randall Smith had all been well respected individuals who had signed up for the military to protect fellow Americans and our country.
A tragedy for both the Navy and Marine Corps and family and friends of these servicemen, the outpouring of support from the Chattanooga community and people across the country has been overwhelming.
Though a devastating act, it has made bonds stronger. Each and every one of our military forces makes a contribution every day they put on their uniform, whether on land or sea. These men may be gone but never forgotten.