Squire D. (Skip) Wells
- Lance Corporal
- Served: February 10, 2014 – July 16, 2015
- Field Artillery Cannoneer
- Killed while on Active Duty. Interred at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia.
See Carson Holmquist, Robert Smith, David A. Wyatt, Thomas Sullivan. Cpl. Squire K. Wells was one of four Marines and one Sailor killed by domestic terrorism in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Skip joined the Marine Corps on Feb. 10, 2014, following in the footsteps of other family members with military backgrounds. Wells was on active duty as part of the Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment in Tennessee and served as a field artillery cannone
Known by family and friends as Skip, he attended Sprayberry High School and Georgia Southern University, school officials confirmed. He had planned on studying history in college, but left before receiving his degree in order to enlist, according to Andy Kingery, a family friend.
“I think he felt he was destined to be a Marine all along,” Kingery said.
“The entire Georgia Southern University community is saddened by the news that former student and Marine, Skip Wells, was killed yesterday in the Chattanooga tragedy along with three fellow Marines,” officials said.
Kingery said that Skip was awaiting deployment. Thursday was his first day of a voluntary two-week assignment at the U.S. Naval Reserve on Amnicola Highway.
“He was an outgoing kid, the kind of kid that you’d wanna hang around,” said Kingery. “He was very enthusiastic about everything he did.”
Friends described Wells as upbeat and patriotic, and said that he was active in Georgia Southern University’s Humans vs. Zombies group, which is a tag-like game played with socks and dart-blasters. “He was a great person and great American,” said Alex Morris, who attends Georgia Southern University.
Kingery also said that Wells had been in his high school marching band and the ROTC before joining the Marines. He was an only child, and a devoted son and grandson who always looked for opportunities to help, Kingery said.