Soldier Killed in IS Operation 'Hard Not to Be Friends With'

October 23, 2015 10:09 PM

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When Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler was in town, his younger brother would take vacation time to spend with him. Zack Wheeler was absent from work Friday, this time preparing to travel to the East Coast for the return of his brother's body from Iraq.

Joshua Wheeler, 39, was identified as the first American soldier to die in combat against the Islamic State group in Iraq and applauded as a hero by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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