The body of a man found in a Delaware landfill turned out to be that of 66 year old John P. Wheeler, former Bush Administration aide as well as decorated veteran. Wheeler also served as the Chairman of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund which was responsible for getting the Vietnam Memorial Wall built in D.C.

Newark, Delaware police are still investigating Wheeler’s death but they have already ruled it a homicide. Wheeler was last seen riding an Amtrak train from Washington D.C. to Wilmington, Delaware and he wasn’t reported missing until his body was found on Friday.

Wheeler graduated from West Point in 1966, after serving in Vietnam he then graduated from Harvard Business School and Yale Law School. He was a champion for Vietnam veterans; under Ronald Reagan he founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership program. He also worked under President George H. W. Bush as well as for four years under President George W. Bush. You can read more about John P. Wheeler here.

The question of course that remains to be answered is how did John P. Wheeler, former Bush aide, Vietnam Veteran, and public servant end up being found murdered in a Delaware landfill? Almost certainly there will be speculation about his demise and whether or not it is connected to his political career. A possibility indeed; we’ll simply have to wait for the investigation to play out. No matter what the reason, it’s a tragic story with a sad ending.

Just recently, Wheeler had been working to get ROTC reinstated at some of America’s elite institutions of higher learning; a subject that has been in the news lately due to the reversal of DADT. The murder has left friends and family in a state of shock and disbelief.

Once again, John P. Wheeler, former Bush aide and Vietnam veteran, found dead in Delaware landfill.