#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran David A. Wyatt


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps and Iraq War Veteran David A. Wyatt and his #OperationSong, “Chattanooga Rain.”

I’ll always see you through the Chattanooga Rain

On July 16, 2015, the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga was attacked. Four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed. Among them was Staff Sgt. David Wyatt. David’s wife, Lorri, worked with Operation Song to write a tribute to her husband, “Chattanooga Rain,” while working through her grief.

He loved his country, his friends and family, his brothers in the Corps, his kids and me

David joined the Marine Corps in 2004 and served as a field artillery operations man. He served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour for Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning home, he was assigned to the base in Chattanooga as part of the Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment.

They were called the “fallen five” and he was one of them

At the time of the attack, David was the first to call the police. He then helped Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan move personnel to safety. David also instructed his junior colleagues to move the children playing at a nearby park to safety.

David was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for non-combat heroism.

Check out “Chattanooga Rain” here on SoundCloud to see Lorri Wyatt’s tribute.

We honor his service.


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Operation Song

Operation Song™ has spent the last five years bringing songwriting to the military and Veteran community to help with healing, service-related issues and injuries. A 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Nashville, Operation Song™ holds weekly workshops in Middle Tennessee and sponsors events and group retreats throughout the Southeast. Those they serve need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story. In a typical session, the songwriter listens and encourages the participant to lay out the “puzzle pieces” of his or her experience. Together, they arrange those pieces into verses and choruses. The result is a complete song that they can call their own. Operation Song serves Veterans of all conflicts. For more information about Operation Song™, visit their website: http://www.operationsong.org/


Graphic By Joanna Specht: Joanna Specht is a student at Black Hawk College with a Major in Visual Communication. 

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Lyly Luhachack

Lyly Luhachack is a graduate student at New York University School of Medicine, with a focus in biochemistry. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.