Wheeling native David VanCamp killed in Iraq

WHEELING — U.S. Army Capt. David VanCamp, a 2000 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, died Wednesday during a rocket attack in Iraq. He was 29.

VanCamp, an Elm Grove native who had been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was commander of Company H, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He died in a rocket attack that struck a U.S. base in southern Iraq that is located a few miles from the Iranian border, a U.S. military official said. The military official said the type of weapons used bore the hallmarks of a Shiite militia with strong links to Iran.

Two other U.S. soldiers died in the attack.

VanCamp leaves behind a wife, Wheeling native Chelsea (Graham) VanCamp, his parents and brothers. The family received notification of his death on Thursday.

After leaving Wheeling Park, VanCamp attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama and then transferred to Marshall University, graduating in 2004 with a degree in criminal justice.

He served several tours in Iraq, with his first being in October 2005, shortly after he married. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star after being injured in 2006 by a suicide bomber.

VanCamp is expected to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Wednesday’s deaths bring to 4,469 the number of American troops who have died in Iraq, according to the Associated Press.