Family remembers Cedar Rapids Marine killed in Afghanistan
Written by Justin Andrews, Multimedia Reporter - bio | email
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
A Cedar Rapids Marine is among three killed Friday fighting in Afghanistan, conducting combat operations.
Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids and two fellow Marines were killed Friday in what the Defense Department described as a "hostile incident" in Helmand province.
"I know what it's like to lose a best friend, so anyone that he had reached out and touched...." said Wolff's twin brother, Aaron Wolff. "You're going to have a best friend for life, growing up together and all those memories."
A best friend, Aaron says he will never forget and memories he will never get back.
He admits it wasn't easy accepting his brother's decision to fight for our country, but he knew his twin wanted more.
"It's a different kind of sense when you have your best friend for life acknowledge that he wants to serve and do something more important with his life," said Aaron. "It was a different kind of feeling you could say no to."
Wolff was a combat engineer, and was deployed to Afghanistan in March.
He joined the Marines in December 2012.
"Personally, the reason that he went to do the service, not for just me, for you, he did it for the country," said Andriy Starynets, Wolff's friend. "He had beliefs in better, he had the hope for this country."
Aaron says his brother loved playing video games and would do anything for anybody.
He says he misses the arm wrestling matches he'd have with his brother.
"Every time he'd come back he'd arm wrestle me, and I'd test his new strength to see if he could beat me," said Aaron.
While those good times were robbed and memories now gone, what matters most for Aaron, his brother died doing something greater all for his country.
"He served for us to be where we are now, and 4th of July coming and our birthdays on the 16th knowing that it's hard," said Wolff.
The family plans to have the visitation Friday, in Ottumwa, and the funeral Saturday.
Wolff is the 95th person from Iowa or with Iowa ties who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since 2003.
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