January 22, 2012

Daniel Bartle

Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, age 27, of Ferndale, Washington, died on January 19, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was a member of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. 

He died in a helicopter crash. The cause of the crash is undetermined at this time.

Daniel grew up in Missoula, Montona, and moved to Ferndale while in high school, graduating in 2002. He decided to serve his country while working as a congressional page in Washington, D.C. Daniel graduated from the Naval Academy in 2006. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in May 2006, and reported for duty with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in July 2011. He had been promoted to captain the year before. 
Father, place Daniel on
the road to Heaven

Daniel had been decorated with two Air Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among other awards. This was his second to deployment to Afghanistan. 

Family members describe him as a man of humility and honor. They also stated that he was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, and though his death saddens them greatly, they are finding consolation in all the love, laughter and joy that he gave to those who were fortunate enough to know him. 

Daniel is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his parents John and Sandra, and a sister and brother. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Daniel Bartle is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

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