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Two with N.C. ties killed in Iraq

A soldier and a Marine with ties to North Carolina were killed in different incidents in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff, 20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., died Saturday in combat operations in Iraq's Anbar province. Sgt. Michael R. Sturdivant, also 20, of Conway, Ark., died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a vehicle rollover during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Gluff was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force stationed at Camp Lejeune.

The infantry rifleman joined the Marine Corps on June 1, 2005. He joined his unit in November 2005.

Gluff is survived by his wife, Kendra; a 14-month-old son, Michael; his mother, Ellen Betancourt of Dalton, Ga.; his father, James H. Gluff of Jamestown, Tenn.; a sister, Sandy Cooper of Jamestown; and two brothers, Jerry Sells and Dewayn Gluff, both of Jamestown.

Sturdivant was assigned to the 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

He is survived by his parents, Victor and Cheryl Sturdivant of Bonner, Mont.

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