Pella Chronicle

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

June 27, 2014

Marines support grieving mother

OTTUMWA — Words can’t describe what Deb Hall has been going through, but, she adds, neither can they describe how loving the Marine Corps family has been.

Her son, Corporal Adam Wolff, 25, (formerly a lance corporal) was killed fighting in Afghanistan along with two other Marines last Friday.

“From the time he landed on American soil, he has had a Marine guard,” Hall said.

She has had her own sort of Marine guard. Since the day she was told of the sacrifice that her son — that her whole family — made, she has had an advocate. A Marine staff sergeant has placed himself at her service, doing everything she needs to get her child home to Iowa. To make sure she doesn’t go through the loss of her Marine alone.

“Once we got to Dover, that man was by my side every moment I wasn’t in my room. I’d walk out of my room, and he’d appear. I’d start to cry. Staff Sergeant would get the tissues and console me.”

The Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, was their home on base. Families stay there during the sometimes long Dignified Transfer of their service member.

Adam’s father, Hall’s ex-husband, was there too, as was their son Nathan. Adam’s father has his own Marine Corps liaison.

Fisher house was beautiful, Hall said, and not because of the architecture; it was because of the people.

Highly ranked military officials offered more than condolences. She said the Marine commandant sat with her as she sobbed. He pulled her head to his shoulder; he was crying too, she said.

His wife was there, and she sat with Hall. These people, from the top officers to her Marine liaison, didn’t feel as though they were assisting her out of obligation but out of sincere caring.

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