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Posted at 3:04 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Veteran Republican official John P. Wheeler III found dead in Del. landfill

By Emma Brown
Emma Brown

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.

For further details on Mr. Wheeler's career and the circumstances of his death, see The Post's Crime Scene blog and this remembrance by The Atlantic's James Fallows.

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.

By Emma Brown  | January 3, 2011; 3:04 PM ET
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This is a sad time for the Wheeler family. I hope the truth comes out. Please dig in for the truth. I hope this link helps. God Bless

Posted by: rirog | January 5, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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