Wheeler Jr, John Parsons, COL

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
1203-Tank Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 9668, DA/Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Office
Service Years
1943 - 1971

Armor

Colonel



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Aberdeen, Maryland
Last Address
Aberdeen, Maryland

Date of Passing
Sep 29, 1995
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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Army Staff Identification Department of the Army Military Intelligence Belgian Fourragere


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Last Known Activity

Colonel Wheeler, who graduated from USMA in 1943 and was a tank company commander of the 19th Battalion of the 9th Armored Division, went ashore at Normandy on D-Day and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. His unit also participated in the liberation of the Nordhausen death camp. He served with European occupation forces and in the demilitarized zone in Korea.


"During the Vietnam War, he ran the secret war against the Ho Chi Minh trail from Laos and also served as an adviser," said the son, who grad from West Point in 1966.


An authority in armor operations and training, Colonel Wheeler was director of materiel testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground and retired in 1971. His medals included the Legion of Merit with Oak leaf Cluster for outstanding service in Southeast Asia, the Belgian Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and Air Medal.


For the past 20 years, he was a consultant with Cypress International of Virginia on the development of military weapons. He had made contributions to the development of the M-1 Abrams tank, which was used during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf war.



 


 

   
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John Parsons Wheeler, Jr.
           No. 13434  •  23 April 1918 – 29 September 1995
           Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

 
 
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
9th Armored DivisionDepartment of the Army (DA)
  1944-1946, 9th Armored Division
  1970-1971, 9668, DA/Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) Office
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Operation Plunder
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1939-1943, United States Military Academy
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