DON L BARTLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 23W, LINE 109 OF THE WALL

DON LAVERNE BARTLEY

WALL NAME

DON L BARTLEY

PANEL / LINE

23W/109

DATE OF BIRTH

07/27/1932

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ROCKBRIDGE BATHS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Rockbridge County

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

LTC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DON LAVERNE BARTLEY
POSTED ON 7.22.2019
POSTED BY: Hughes S. Turner

Remembered Having Thanksgiving Dinner with Chaplain Bartley and his family at their home in Frankfurt, Germany

My father was a Chaplain's Assistant who worked with Chaplain Bartley in the mid-1960's in Frankfurt, GE. My family and I enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the Bartley's quarters in Frankfurt, this was prior to his deployment to Vietnam. They were a wonderful family. I remembered him well as a young teen, and his son Don Jr. Does anyone know how to get in contact with Chaplain Bartley's surviving children or his widow? I would love very much to reach out to them. My name is Hughes Turner, I can be emailed at [email protected]
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POSTED ON 11.3.2018
POSTED BY: Myron F. Curtis, Colonel, US. Army (Retired)

Marriage

LTC Don Bartley is the Chaplain that married my wife and me at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland on 20 Sep 1962 where I graduated from the Ordnance Officers Basic Training. We had been dating for 3 years so when it came time for Chaplain Bartley to "counsel" us ...... he said "I mostly end up counseling couples that have only know each other a few weeks. Never mind."
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POSTED ON 9.8.2018

Final Mission of LTC Don L. Bartley

At approximately 2:30 PM on June 8, 1969, a ¾-ton U.S. military truck carrying three Armed Forces Television Network newsman, a chaplain, and two other American servicemen hit a pressure-type mine of approximately 60-80lbs. as it followed a jeep on Route 540, fifteen miles southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN, enroute to conduct field services for Company K, 3/7 Marines. The jeep, carrying the 3/7 Marines Battalion Chaplain, left the highway and traveled about 50 meters. When the truck followed the jeep off the road, the mine detonated, fatally injuring all personnel aboard. The truck was completely destroyed. The lost Navy newsmen included writer JO1 William R. Wilson, and photographers PH2 Carl W. Hudgins Jr. and PH1 Robert G. Stricklin. The Army chaplain was MAJ Don L. Bartley, who was accompanied by two Marine assistants, PFC Gale L. Barnes, a logistics man, and LCPL Roger L. Young, the driver, both from Headquarters Company, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. LCPL Young suffered critical injuries to his head in the blast and was evacuated, after which time he expired. The Navy newsmen were filming the final episode of a six-part series on the activities of military chaplains in Vietnam. The segment, entitled “The Circuit-Rider,” was designed to show chaplains working close to soldiers in combat. Army chaplain Bartley was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, 3/7 Marines Command Chronology for June 1969, and “Mine Kills Chaplain, 3 AFVN Newsmen.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, June 14, 1969]
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POSTED ON 6.9.2018
POSTED BY: David Botticelli

Don Bartley

Thank you for listening to soldiers and the like in Vietnam! :) I think one way a terrified and/or homesick soldier is to talk to someone in the clergy.
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POSTED ON 12.8.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LIEUTENANT COLONEL BARTLEY,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A CHAPLAIN, AND BRINGING THE LORD TO THOSE IN DISTRESS. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. ADVENT IS HERE, AND CHRISTMAS IS APPROACHING. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. THE NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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