CHARLOTTE, NC, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, L CO, 3D BN, 2D MAR, (RCT-5, I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC TAQADDUM, IRAQ 09/01/2006
Fellow Marines said Cliff K. Golla was reliable; friends said he had a big heart.
Nobody in the world knows me like Cliff, said Eric Schattler, one of Golla’s best friends. He was a good soul. Still is a good soul.
Golla, 21, born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Charlotte, N.C., was killed Sept. 1 in a roadside bombing near Habbaniyah. He was a 2003 high school graduate, on his second tour and was assigned to Camp Lejeune.
Longtime friends Josh and Kissha Robbins said their kids adored Golla. After he died, the children asked if they could play with him when they get to heaven. His sister, Lynette, described Golla as a prankster who always encouraged them to strive to do better. He was something of a matchmaker, too, having introduced Lynette and her husband, Wayne Ingram. In high school, the girls wouldn’t stay away from him, Lynette Ingram said.
His aunt, Jola Simon, described her nephew as a very interesting young man _ inquisitive, full of life.
He also is survived by his mother, Yvonna Golla; his father and stepmother, Krzysztof and Barbara Golla; and fiancee, Melissa Zinkeler.