DOVER, Del. –John Wheeler III, 66, a military expert who served Republican presidents George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built as part of his dedication to those who fought in that war was found dead in a landfill, and authorities were trying to piece together when he was last seen alive.

The body of John Wheeler III, 66, was uncovered Friday when a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington Delaware. The truck had collected the trash from about 10 commercial disposal bins in Newark Delaware, several miles from Wheeler’s home in the historic district of New Castle, but police said they aren’t sure which container his body came from.

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