This is taken from http://www.exploreharford.com/news/4793/hcc-student-remembered-serving-iraq/
“Wehmer, an Iraq combat veteran, was studying at Harford Community College and was scheduled to graduate this month from the political science and international relations program. He had been accepted for admission into the University of Maryland College Park in the fall. Wehmer dreamed of someday becoming a U.S. Congressman.
It was Wehmer’s natural leadership and longing to create a better the world that initially led him to join the military after the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“He wanted to do something that had meaning,” Matkins said.
During his career in the Army, Wehmer served in both Korea and Iraq, and fought in 250 combat missions.
He was awarded the following medals for his service: an Army Commendation Medal; a National Defense Service Medal; a Global War on Terrorism Medal; a Service Medal; a Korea Defense Service Medal; an Iraq Campaign Medal; an Army Service Ribbon; an Overseas Ribbon; and a Combat Infantryman Badge.
He also received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq.
“He was injured by an IED [improvised explosive device] when he was in Iraq,” Watkins said. “He had scarring and hearing problems from that.”
After returning from Iraq, Wehmer was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo., for a year before he was honorably discharged for medical hardships.
He returned home to Maryland in 2008 and began pursuing his political science degree at HCC.
On campus, Wehmer maintained a 3.79 GPA and was president of the HCC Political Association, where he led roundtable discussions.
“He really liked the club. He thought it was the best,” Watkins said.
When he wasn’t engaged in his studies, Wehmer was an active musician. He played keyboard in a Philadelphia-based industrial gothic band called MyParasites under the stage name J. Rivet.
“He was a rock star,” Watkins said. “He went to the DC Art Institute and studied music engineering after he came back from Iraq, around 2007.”
Wehmer was in the midst of finishing his first solo album.
“He was really proud,” Wehmer’s friend, Neil Genslinger, who played with him in another band called The Harvest, said. “He was working on it since Iraq, about five years.”
To celebrate his memory, Wehmer’s bandmates have taken his endeavor as their own and are seeing his record through to completion.
Genslinger is just one of many musicians involved with this project.
“He just needed to add covers and vocals,” he explained. “We are going to take his backing tracks, find his lyrics, finish it and put it on CD.”
When the record is finally dropped, it will be available to friends and family and will be available for fans on the band’s website, www.myparasites.com.
Wehmer’s memory will survive not only through his music, but also on the campus he loved.
Harford Community College is in the process of establishing a scholarship for political science majors in Wehmer’s name.
Of course, the greatest legacy this soldier has left behind is not one of music or academics, but one of friendship and loyalty.
“Nine times out of 10, he would bend over backwards for you,” Genslinger said. He was an integral part of people’s lives.
Rest in Peace