Virginia Heroes

Don Laverne Bartley

Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Born: July 27, 1937
Hometown: Rockbridge County
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: June 8, 1969
Died In: South Vietnam
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Silver Star, Vietnam Service Medal

LTC Bartley graduated from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, and from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He served as pastor of the Bethesda Presbyterian, McElwee Chapel, and Immanuel Presbyterian Churches in Rockbridge County from 1958 to 1961. He entered the Army in 1961 and served with the Command Chaplain’s Office, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. On May 17, 1969, he went to Saigon to help with a television film on the history of the chaplaincy. He was making a final field trip when he, three navy personnel, and two marines were riding in a truck that struck a land mine seven miles south of Da Nang; all occupants of the truck were killed.

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