JONATHAN R BORTLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 36 OF THE WALL

JONATHAN R BORTLE

WALL NAME

JONATHAN R BORTLE

PANEL / LINE

18W/36

DATE OF BIRTH

08/25/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/05/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MACEDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JONATHAN R BORTLE
POSTED ON 9.5.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

Jonathan Remur Bortle
Date of birth: August 25, 1946
Date of death: September 5, 1969
Place of Birth: New York, Rochester
Home of record: Macedon New York
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Jonathan Remur Bortle (ASN: 52968179), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 5 September 1969. On this date, Sergeant Bortle was serving as a mortarman with his mechanized unit at Fire Support Base THUNDER III when the friendly encampment was suddenly subjected to an intense mortar barrage followed by a massive human assault. Acting with tactical deliberation, Sergeant Bortle immediately maneuvered from track to track searching for casualties and organizing his men's defensive positions. Observing a nearby armored personnel carrier receive an impacting rocket-propelled grenade round which ignited the track's fuel tank, Sergeant Bortle unhesitatingly proceeded to the flaming vehicle. Realizing the futility of extinguishing the inferno, Sergeant Bortle rapidly removed all the personnel in the range of the highly explosive munitions stored aboard the track. Seconds later the armored personnel carrier was shattered by a violent explosion which simultaneously created a serious gap in the perimeter defense. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Bortle led his men into the strategic positions and halted an insurgent attempt to penetrate the broken defense line. During the ensuing firefight, Sergeant Bortle was mortally wounded by an exploding aggressor hand grenade. His courageous initiative and selfless concern for the welfare of his comrades distinguished Sergeant Bortle as a soldier of the highest caliber. Sergeant Bortle's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 11609 (September 30, 1969)

Action Date: September 5, 1969

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 2d Infantry Regiment

Division: 1st Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 9.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Jonathan R Bortle, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.16.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Jonathan is buried at Egypt Cem,Perinton,NY. He was in Co A, 2 Bn, 2 INF. SS BSM ARCOM-OLC PH
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POSTED ON 10.15.2009
POSTED BY: Bob FO Douglass

Fine Soldier and Better Friend

Jonathan you were a excellent soldier and a better friend. I will never forget that night that you were killed.
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POSTED ON 4.26.2002
POSTED BY: George R. West

In "Honor of Johnny"

To my cousin Johnny. I remember you and picture you and your " big smile" like yesterday. I was only 11 years old at the time
you left, but I remember that day as well. You told us you would return and not to worry for your safety. I really wish
you were here with us now, but I mostly want you to know I love you, Honor and Respect the decision you made (33) thirty
three years ago. I pray for your sanctity and I never let anyone forget the sacrifices you and your fellow soldiers (brothers)forfeited to maintain our future.

Love forever and always,
George R. West

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