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Family Speaks After Iowa Marine Killed
OTTUMWA, IA (KCCI) - An Iowa family is preparing to lay to rest one of their own.
Ottumwa native, 25-year-old Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday.
Born just one minute apart, Adam and his twin brother Aaron have always been inseparable, even dressing alike and working the same jobs together.
After college, the two separated for the very first time when Adam decided to join the Marines.
Angela Malone, Adams sister, said he wanted to become a man and better person and said joining the Marines was his way of doing that.
After passing boot camp and learning the skills of a combat engineer, Adam deployed to Afghanistan in March. His family never thought he would be one of the soldiers who wouldn't come home.
Theres nothing that can prepare you for it, Aaron said.
Adam was killed June 20 after coming in contact with Taliban members during a combat mission in Afghanistan.
I just fell apart. I couldnt call anybody. My hands were shaking so hard. It was just heartbreaking, Malone said.
Heartbroken doesn't even begin to describe a twin brother who now has to navigate life without his other half.
Adam's siblings want people to know he loved to read, play video games and had a strong faith. But most of all, he was proud to serve the country he loved.
Aaron said his twin brother was devoted, loving and always honest.
I know a lot of people say that about other people and they dont always deserve it. But ask anyone whos ever met him, they would say the same, Aaron said.
The fallen Marine leaves behind a large family including his parents, several siblings, and nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held in Ottumwa on Saturday.