Capt Daniel B. Bartle, USMC, attended Ferndale High School and graduated in 2002 with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded Valedictorian. He was a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Spanish. He was a snowboarder and kite surfer, and enjoyed traveling and listening to music.

Capt Bartle was awarded two Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO ISAF Medal.

Capt Bartle was part of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Hawaii. He died when his helicopter crashed as a result of mechanical failure in Afghanistan on January 19, 2012. He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Daniel Bartle was honored through Travis Manion Foundation's Character Does Matter program presented during the USNA’s Summer Seminar and USNA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp for rising 11th graders.

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