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Cole Mourns Loss of Oklahoman Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler

October 23, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) mourned the loss of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, who was killed during a U.S.-Iraqi joint mission to free 70 hostages held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) in Iraq. Wheeler was from Roland, Oklahoma.  

“There is no greater sacrifice than risking one’s life in combat to further the cause of freedom, and Master Sgt. Wheeler paid the ultimate price to free those held captive by an evil enemy. For that, we owe him an eternal debt of gratitude. While we can find comfort in knowing that his sacrifice ensured freedom for many, his loss is devastating to our state, our nation and to his loved ones. My sincerest thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends as they grieve for who he was, what he achieved and what he had yet to accomplish. He will be missed and remembered for his heroism and bravery to bring freedom.”