KY Marine Dies In Kuwait

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine from Kentucky died of an apparent cardiac arrest at a U.S. base in Kuwait.

The Marine Corps said Tuesday that 29-year-old Lance Cpl. Chadwick A. Gilliam of Mayking, Ky., died Saturday. An autopsy is pending.

Gilliam was a member of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune. He was an infantryman and joined the unit June 25, 2007, and was promoted to lance corporal last year.

Gilliam attended the old Whitesburg High School in the mid 1990s. One of his former teachers, Scottie Billiter, said Gilliam inspired other students.

Billiter, now an assistant principal at Letcher County Central High School, said had a wide array of interests, from the football team to the Spanish club. Billiter was Gilliam's home room teacher in 1995.

"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.

A funeral service for Gilliam will be Monday at noon EST at Letcher Funeral Home.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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