The body found in a Delaware landfill on New Year’s Eve has been identified as John P. Wheeler III, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who served as an aide to both Bush administrations and the Reagan administration. Wheeler’s death has been ruled a homicide. The Atlantic’s James Fallows, who collaborated with Wheeler on Touched With Fire, said that after graduating from West Point, serving in Vietnam, and attending Harvard Business School and Yale Law School, Wheeler spent the rest of his life addressing “what he called the ‘40 year open wound’ of Vietnam-era soldiers being spurned by the society that sent them to war,” including raising money to get the Vietnam War Memorial built. His most recent effort was bringing ROTC back to college campuses. According to Fox News, Wheeler’s body was dumped in the landfill out of a garbage truck. He was last seen leaving an Amtrak train on Tuesday.
John Wheeler, Former Aide To Both Bush And Reagan Presidencies, Found Murdered In Delaware [Mediaite]
John P Wheeler III [James Fallows/Atlantic]