Services held for hero

Ponca City Now - November 25, 2015 11:42 am

MULDROW, Okla. (AP) – The first American soldier to die in combat against the Islamic State group in Iraq was remembered as a man who smiled and was passionate about his wife, children, church and making others happy.

The Tulsa World reports a memorial service was held Tuesday for U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler in Muldrow, where Wheeler graduated high school in 1994 before joining the Army in 1995.

The 39-year-old Wheeler was killed Oct. 22 when he and dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided a compound near the city of Kirkuk, freeing approximately 70 Iraqi prisoners from captivity.

A private burial was held Nov. 18 at Arlington National Cemetery following a memorial service in North Carolina, where Wheeler lived with his family before he died.

 

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