The Ottumwa Courier


June 23, 2014

Ottumwa native killed in Afghanistan

OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa family is mourning the loss of a U.S. Marine killed in the Middle East on Friday.

Adam F. Wolff, Ottumwa, was killed in unrevealed circumstances, his aunt, Dawn Harward of Ottumwa stated early Monday.

A U.S. Marine Corps release states that Lance Corporal Wolff and two other Marines from the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, based out of Camp Lejeune, were killed in “combat operations” in Afghanistan. Today, Adam Wolff’s mother has gone to Dover, Delaware to meet her son’s body.

“My sister texted me from Dover. She’s there now,” Harward said.

Official releases list Adam Wolff’s home of record as Cedar Rapids. His aunt explained that before deploying, Adam had gone to Cedar Rapids to live with a sibling, a Cedar Rapids police officer.

Wolff, she added, had worked in Ottumwa at Hy-Vee and at McDonald's as a youth. The manager at South Hy-Vee confirmed Wolff's work there, though he wasn't immediately sure whether there were any of his former co-workers still at the store.

“He was a wonderful young man,” she said.

Harward is trying to make arrangements, at least for a military escort, here in Ottumwa.

“My sister wanted to know what we need to do for an escort for Adam here,” she said. “I don’t know. I called the VFW, I’ll call Tom Lazio …”

She was upset that the Department of Defense did not have any report, official or unofficial, early Monday.

“Why has nobody recognized this, and the other young men? Our family was notified on Friday ...He died for our country,” Harward said Monday morning. “The public should know.”

They DoD had not issued a report until later Monday morning. However, in cases where there are multiple casualties, that’s not unusual, said Col. Greg Hapgood, a military spokesman in Iowa.

“There is a regulation that the DoD does not publicize the incident until 24 hours following the last notification of the next of kin, so if there are multiple casualties, it can take several days,” he said.

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