John Parsons Wheeler 3d, a Vietnam veteran officer who served in three GOP presidential administrations, and who chaired the committee that raised funds from businesses, agencies and prominent Americans to get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built on the Washington Mall, was found dead in a landfill a few miles from his New Castle, Delaware home this weekend. Newark, Del. police say this is a homicide.
Wheeler, a Yale Law School graduate, was a defense industry consultant whose last government job was assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force in the last George W. Bush administration. He had lately campaigned to return ROTC to Ivy League campuses, writes James Fallows of the Atlantic here. He'd quarreled with neighbors, says the Wilmington News-Journal here.