Ottumwa native killed in Afghanistan

<p> <font size="3">Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff</font> </p>

UPDATE - The sister of Lance Corporal Adam Wolff told K-T-V-O that you could see the light in his eyes when he talked about serving in the Marines.

KTVO spoke with Angela Malone by phone Monday afternoon. She said that she, Adam and his twin brother Aaron grew up in rural Wapello County.

Adam was a 2006 graduate of Cardinal HIgh School.

She said her younger brother joined the Marines to improve himself and become a better man.

She described a family dinner held in March shortly before Adam deployed to Afghanistan. She said it was obvious on that night just how proud he was to be a Marine.

Malone said funeral arrangements are not set yet, but that the family may try to have a service in Ottumwa on Saturday.


An Ottumwa native has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said in a press release on Monday that 25-year-old Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff was one of three Marines killed in action on Friday.

Wolff is identified as being from Cedar Rapids.

But Wolff's aunt, Dawn Harward told KTVO that the Lance Corporal is an Ottumwa native.

Wolff's Facebook page identifies his hometown as Ottumwa and said he attended Cardinal High School.

Harward says family members are traveling to Delaware to recover Wolff's body.

Harward says they are still working on funeral arrangement.

Wolff was a combat engineer assigned to 2nd CEB, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 2012 and was promoted to lance corporal Feb. 1, 2014.

Wolff deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2014.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Killed along with Wolff were 34-year-old Staff Sgt. David Stewart of Stafford, Virginia and 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant of Peterborough. All three were killed Friday in what the military described as a "hostile incident" in Helmand province.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.