Captain Luke C. Wullenwaber, VMI Class of 2002

wullenwaberwebThe Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Army First Lieutenant Luke C. Wullenwaber, Class of 2002. Lieutenant Wullenwaber was killed in action in Iraq on Nov. 16, 2004. Lieutenant Wullenwaber, who was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, died during a security mission in Khaladiyah, Iraq, in an explosion caused by a suicide bomber.

Survivors include his parents, Dean and Bonnie Wullenwaber of Lewiston, Idaho, and his brother, VMI Cadet Jesse D. Wullenwaber, a First Classman.

Lieutenant Wullenwaber grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, and was a 1998 graduate of Lewiston High School. After graduating from VMI, he attended Ranger School and Airborne School before serving a tour in Korea.

While a cadet, Lieutenant Wullenwaber was a member of the Rat Disciplinary Committee and he served as guidon bearer for Echo Company. He was one of the few Army ROTC cadets selected to undergo and successfully pass the rigorous Underwater Operations (SCUBA) course. He graduated with distinction and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


UPDATE - Jan. 6, 2005  

The (west coast) Memorial Service for Cpt Luke Wullenwaber will occur on Friday, January 14, 2005, at the Nazarene Church in Moscow, Idaho, (1400 East 7th)  at 2:00 p.m. (PST).  (

UPDATE - Dec. 17, 2004 

The (West Coast) Memorial Service for Captain Luke Charles Wullenwaber will occur on Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at the Nazarene Church in Moscow, Idaho, in the afternoon.  The exact time has not yet been set.  Notice will be given of additional details in the next couple of weeks.

UPDATE - Dec. 6, 2004 

Luke Wullenwaber was posthumously promoted to captain on Dec. 3, 2004. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capt. Luke C. Wullenwaber Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Twin River National Bank, 507 G. St., Lewiston, Idaho 83501.

UPDATE - Nov. 30, 2004 

Luke will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, with full military honors. Everyone attending should appear by 2:30 p.m. at the administrative building near the main gate. The horse drawn caisson carrying Luke's casket will leave the administrative building promptly at 3:00 p.m. Attendees may either walk behind the caisson to the grave site or be transported there by motor vehicle. Pastor George McDearmon will officiate at the grave.

A memorial service will be held in Alexandria, Va., at the historic Christ Church located at 118 N. Washington St. on Monday , Dec. 6, 2004, beginning at 4 p.m. Pastor George McDearmon will officiate at Luke's memorial service. [George Washington worshiped at this church (his pallbearers' names are on a plaque on the entry wall of the church building); Robert E Lee and his mother worshiped at this church when Robert was a boy and young man (he later was confirmed there); and Winston Churchill attended Lord's Day services at this church with FDR on a Sunday in the dark days of 1942.]