Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, who was the first American service member to be killed in action while fighting ISIS, was a peaceful, gentle man who was devoted to his family and proud to be in uniform, a relative tells PEOPLE”I want the world to know what a good person he was,” says his aunt, Elizabeth Brown, 45, of Jones, Oklahoma, “and how much he loved his family and his country.”Wheeler, 39, died from wounds received Thursday in the course of a hostage rescue operation in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, the Army confirms. The mission happened after freshly dug mass graves were spotted inside the compound, a military source with knowledge of events tells PEOPLE.
Friend of the blog SKK writes in People.com about MSG Joshua Wheeler, who died of wounds received in the successful hostage rescue in Iraq the other day.
That Delta went along (to advise and assist-wink-wink) on this raid is interesting, and raises the question, why this raid? There have been plenty of massacres. Was it just a matter of finally having actionable intelligence in time to effect a raid, or was there a particular reason why the special operations community wanted to stage this attempt?