Honoring a Fallen Sailor

Chattanooga funeral for fallen Sailor, Randall Scott Smith

Photo by Justin Wolpert/U.S. Navy/Department of Defense

Honoring a Fallen Sailor
| published July 29, 2015 |

By Thursday Review writers

The casket containing the body of logistics specialist 2nd class Randall Scott Smith is carried by Navy pallbearers at the National Cemetery near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Smith, 26, was one of the five military personal killed by a terrorist gunman in Chattanooga on July 16, and he was the last of the uniformed victims to be laid to rest.

Hundreds of Smith’s family and friends—along with scores of local politicians, policemen, Marines, and Army, Air Force and Naval personnel—gathered earlier in the day at a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, and shared memories of Smith and praised the outpouring of support from the people of Chattanooga and surrounding suburbs and towns. After leaving the church service, the vehicles in the funeral procession moved slowly toward the National Cemetery. Along the roads, thousands of people had gathered to pay their respects.

Related Thursday Review articles:

A Memorial Made of Flags; Thursday Review staff; Thursday Review; July 27, 2015.

Honoring Those Killed in Chattanooga; Thursday Review; July 25, 2015.