CONCORD, MI, USA
SPC, COMPANY A 1ST BATTALION 22ND INFANTRY, FORT HOOD, TX 76544
TIKRIT, IRAQ 10/13/2003
Donald Laverne Wheeler “DJ” graduated from Jackson Lumen Christi Catholic High School where he enjoyed playing football. The 6-foot-5 athlete was an offensive lineman on the Titans football team which he helped carry to the regional finals.
After graduating he worked as a machine operator at Concord Manufacturing Company, the factory owned by his family. Other hobbies included basketball, snowmobiling, paint balling, and go-carting. DJ could often be found listening to loud music in his truck, being with friends, family and enjoying life.
A U.S. Army gunner, SPC DJ Wheeler was a specialist with the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 1-22nd Infantry Regiment Company stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He chose Fort Hood because his grandfather was stationed there before his service in World War II and he looked up to him dearly.