Veteran Republican official John P. Wheeler III found dead in Del. landfill
John P. Wheeler III, a veteran of Washington politics who had worked in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and played a key role in establishing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, has been found dead in a Delaware landfill.
His death was ruled a homicide after his body was found on New Year's Eve at the Cherry Island Landfill. Mr. Wheeler was 66.
He was a graduate of West Point and a veteran of the Vietnam War who went on to chair the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for a decade. The memorial opened on the Mall in 1982.
Fallows had known Mr. Wheeler for years and worked with him on "Touched With Fire," a book about the post-war lives of veterans and anti-war activists.
| January 3, 2011; 3:04 PM ET
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