Springfield St. Patrick’s committee honors fallen Marine

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The U.S. Marine from Massachusetts killed in a shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last summer is being honored this weekend by the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan was posthumously selected as the annual parade’s marshal.

The committee has invited the public to attend the free reception Sunday at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club to honor Sullivan and his family and other award winners.

Sullivan was a Springfield native and 18-year Marine Corps veteran who had served two tours in Iraq and earned two Purple Hearts.

He was one of five service members killed during an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga last July. The gunman was killed by police.

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