The United States Marine Corps is prepared to award the Purple Heart to the four Marines killed during last week’s terror attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
However, according to the Marine Corps Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) must first classify the attack as one carried out by a terrorist with ties to a terrorist organization.
Maj. Clark Carpenter, the Marine Corps public affairs officer, told the Times:
“Determination of eligibility will have to wait until all the facts are gathered and the FBI investigation is complete.”
Currently, to be eligible to receive the award, it must be proven that a soldier was wounded or killed by someone who was part of, was inspired by, or communicated with a designated foreign terrorist organization.