Body Of 20-Year-Old Marine From Tunnel Hill Killed In Iraq Arrives

Soddy-Daisy Marine Wounded In Same Incident

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A 20-year-old Marine from Tunnel Hill, Ga., was killed in Iraq on Saturday, the Department of Defense announced. The body arrived in Chattanooga today and was escorted to Love Funeral Home in Dalton.

Services for Lance Corporal James M. Gluff will be Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Love Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.

The family will receive friends at the Love Funeral Home Sunday after 2 p.m.

Lance Corporal Gluff was involved in combat operations in Al Anbar Province.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He had been promoted to lance corporal in 2006.

The graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School left a wife and young son.

He is survived by his wife, Hope Gluff, 20, and his son, Michael Wayne, 14 months.

Also, another Marine from Soddy-Daisy who is in the same unit, was wounded in the same incident.

Corporal Daniel O'Keefe, who was recently married, suffered facial wounds from shrapnel.

He was flown to a hospital in Germany.

His parents are Tom and Angie O'Keefe.

Tom O'Keefe said Thursday morning that the family was at home last Saturday around 8:30 p.m. when they received a call saying their son had been injured in combat. The O'Keefes have two older sons.

Mr. O'Keefe said his son has undergone one surgery on his face and is up and around. He said he has visited two other Marines, who are in intensive care at the same hospital in Germany. They were injured in the same incident.

He said physicians have delayed a second surgery on his son's face for fear that nerves could be damaged. He said doctors are hoping the injuries will heal on their own. He said his son has trouble opening and closing his left eye.

Corporal O'Keefe, who is 21, is married to Tera Warren, who is also from Soddy-Daisy. She is flying to Germany today to be with her husband.

O'Keefe said he has spoken with his son several times at the hospital in Germany, and his son's wife has been able to talk to him every day.

He said his son told him, "Dad, I want to be go back (to Iraq) and finish what I went over there to do."

However, his son said he believes the two other critically injured soldiers will be coming home rather than returning to Iraq.

Mr. O'Keefe said his son told him that the unit had completed its daily patrol and was back in barracks when they were called out again after being alerted by Iraqi police of sniper attacks. He said the Marines are on 12-hour shifts seven days a week, and have only one day off a month.

He said his son stated that two trucks went out toward where the sniper attack was reported. Corporal O'Keefe was in the first truck along with Lance Corporal Gluff and the others who were injured.

Mr. O'Keefe said his son told him that they spotted a sniper by a well house. The sniper was shot, but not taken out, he said.

He said his son approached the well house and, as he went in, the sniper detonated an explosive device on his body. He said his son immediately hit the floor of the well house.

Mr. O'Keefe said his son stated that Lance Corporal Gluff and other Marines were on foot on the other side of the well house when a second suicide bomber set off an explosion that took the life of Lance Corporal Gluff and critically injured the other two.

Mr. O'Keefe said he and his wife plan to attend the Gluff funeral. He said his son would sometimes ride with Lance Corporal Gluff between Chattanooga and Camp LeJeune.

Corporal O'Keefe was home schooled, his father said, and he joined the Marines in January 2005.



Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming city council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Gilbert). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: FIRE a. An ordinance to amend Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 10, Sections 10-3(j), relative to 109.2.4 Other Fees to include fees for ... (click for more)

Johnathan Summers, 25, Was Victim In Thursday Afternoon Shooting In Brainerd

Johnathan Summers, 25, was the person who was shot in Brainerd at 5000 Cameron Lane and North Moore Road on Thursday afternoon.   He was shot around 1:41 p.m. The injury was not believed to be life-threatening. He was taken to a local hospital by a friend. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call  423-698-2525 .  The ... (click for more)

How To Kill Small Business And Education In Chattanooga

   I would just like to say that the weathermen of Chattanooga have done something I thought only a union could do. They have undone all the economic good that VW has brought to our area. Their erroneous and hysteric forecasts are in my opinion purposefully done to benefit their corporate owners so viewers and readers flock to their felonious broadcasts and yellow ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s Newest Darling

Minutes after I read a letter on Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page yesterday, I was mere seconds from summoning the marching band, our prancing elephants, and the flag-bearers so we could rightfully induct this dazzling survivor of the Boston Marathon blast into my personal Hall of Fame. I do that, you know, when I see everyday people display courage, kindness, guts, brilliance, ... (click for more)

UTC Women Open Southern Conference Tournament With Big Win

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Tenn.) posted a double-double with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds and led the Mocs to a 78-44 win over UNCG Thursday afternoon at Kimmel Arena. Joyner was 9-for-10 on the day from the field and pulled down eight defensive boards. She added four blocked shots to her SoCon record for 122 on the ... (click for more)

TSSAA State Tournament Games Postponed Due To Weather

All TSSAA state basketball tournament games scheduled for today have been postponed due to extremely hazardous road conditions.  Today’s schedule will resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in order to allow extra time to for road conditions to improve in the morning.   Friday’s scheduled semifinal games will be played on Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m. due ... (click for more)