Captain Daniel B. Bartle was part of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Hawaii. Capt. Bartle died when his helicopter crashed as a result of mechanical failure in Afghanistan on January 19, 2012. He 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 a 2006 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Spanish. Previously, he attended Ferndale High School and graduated in 2002 as the Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. Capt. Bartle was a snowboarder and kite surfer. He also liked traveling and listening to music.

He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Capt. Bartle was honored through the Travis Manion Foundation 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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