SPC Abraham Wheeler, 22, of Columbia, died on August 28, 2009 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with a roadside bomb. A member of the Army, he was a member of the 3rd SQ, 71st CAV, 3rd BCT, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), based in Fort Drum, NY.
He was twice awarded best defensive player in football at Ridgeview High School where he graduated in 2005. Following graduation, he received welding certification from Bamberg Technical School.
Wheeler joined the Army in 2007, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Purple Heart Award postmortem.