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Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam View/Sign Guest Book

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Age:   29
Hometown: Mayking
Date of Death: 1/3/2009
Incident Location: Kuwait
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Fo
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

When he heard Chadwick A. Gilliam died in the line of duty, Scottie Billiter, his old home room teacher, dusted off an old yearbook. "There is not one of those kids that I had in my home room that I could tell one bad thing about because I have nothing but great fond memories of him. He was definitely a big part of that. He was a big part of who we were," Billiter said. Gilliam, 29, of Mayking, Ky., died Jan. 3 at a U.S. military base in Kuwait. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune. Chris Damron, Gilliam''s brother-in-law, said he didn''t anguish about enlisting. "He''d said that it was just something he wanted to do. All his life he wanted to be a marine," Damron said. Billiter said Gilliam was the type of student that wanted to be involved in just about anything, from the Spanish Club to the football team. Gilliam''s family and friends said he was a natural leader who inspired others with his kindness. "All the Marines seemed to really look up to Chad. He was a leader in the Marine Corps," Damron said. He is survived by his parent, Mary and Paul.
Source: Associated Press
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