Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. Daniel D. Bartels

22, of Huron, South Dakota.
Bartels died in Mosul, Iraq of a non-combat related cause identified there on October 18, 2005. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Died on October 19, 2005.

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"Nine years later, and I still find myself being drawn to this site, and others like it. It doesn't seem real to me that Danny would be over 30 now, rather than that 20 something that is engrained in my memory. To this day I am still driven to live up to the legacy that he and Doug left behind. God speed to both of you. Fair winds and following seas."
Brandy Bartels (sister) of Camp LeJeune, NC

"I will see you and your brother Doug when I get there. We will again walk together. Del Bartels (dad)"
Del Bartels (father) of Philip, SD

"To the family of:Daniel D. Bartels
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"you have been really missed daniel bartels and will never be for gotten"
Jessica Leachman of Huron SD

"We all love you and miss you!! You are always in our thoughts and we constantly remember the times we have had together."
charles of Huron SD

"Always Remembered; NEVER FORGOTTEN!

God Speed!"
Paul Bartels of San Jacinto, CA.

"Hello Everyone,

I don't know where to start...but I first want to thank God for the service men that knew my dear brother personally. To see your messages and to hear your heart through simple words means the world to me. I WANTED SO SO SO BAD FOR THE LONGEST TIME AND EVEN NOW TO WRITE YOU AND TO HAVE JOINED YOU IN THE GIEVING PROCESS AND TIME...If I could I would love a chance to still keep in touch with anyone who was close to him and in his company.

Thank you all from around the country for your love and prayers."
( The closest actual sister to danny)- Angela Pearl of Huron sd.

"Hoorah Danny. it's been five years and I still think about you and Doug every day. I hope I'm making you both proud of me in everything I do, and I can't wait to see you one day and argue over which is better, the Army or the Marine Corps. (No offense bro, but the Marine Corps is gonna win.)"
Brandy Bartels of Monterey, CA

"So much time has passed since the fall of this Great American Hero, but when I stumbled upon this website I felt compelled to leave a note of my condolences, and respects. Thank you for your service to our Great Nation, my brother. Although I never knew you, I feel some sort of relationship to you. I support all our troops past, and present, and Honor their sacrifice, as well as the sacrifice of your family members, and those who knew you as a friend. I cannot express how finding this information makes me feel; perhaps the world is a smaller place than we first thought. As I know that GOD has taken you into his care, and that your blood brother (Paul) is with you; leads me to believe that you were not meant to be apart in Life or in death. To the family of the Bartels boys, rest in Peace knowing, they're both in a better place, and though they're gone they will Never be Forgotten. I hope and pray that we can all meet upon GOD's Golden Shore someday...


Paul D. Bartels of San Jacinto, CA.

"I can't say goodby but I know I will be able to see him and when I do I will be able to say the one thing that I can say "Hello""
Brittany of Philip, SD

"I will always miss him. I love you, brother"
Brittany of Philip, SD

"April 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Daniel D. Bartels:
Daniel gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"my last name is bartels and my grandpa's name is dan but he is still alive? how can this be so i have a father named dave and an uncle name Doug? i am sorry you lost a loved one."
cassie of nashville, TN

"Dan, I miss you. I love you and Doug. Please watch over my heart until I see you again. Dad"
Del Bartels of Philip, South Dakota

"It has been a year now. We will NEVER forget."
Jerry Fallat of Rapid City, South Dakota

"You will never be forgotten! Thank you so much for fighting for our country!!! You are truely a hero!"
Emily of Philip, SD

"Your service will never be forgotten, thank you Daniel."
Sgt Herman, Todd A/USMC/ of Parris Island, SC/ Presho SD

there are two kinds of heroes...
those who guard our freedoms
and those who guard our Heavens...
our prayers are with you..."
Debey & Doug Senska of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"I am stationed in Iraq with 4-14 Cav. Daniel was my driver on my Stryker for over 2 years. I knew him extrmemly well and his death hit me hard. I wanted to write his family, but could not bring myself to it. I was finding it very hard to explain my sympathy for what happen. So, I found this web site (while I am on leave right now) and am hoping that someone who know's his family personnally, sees this and lets them know how very sorry I am for their loss and how I think of him every day. My wife and I are truly sorry and will always remember him as we knew him. Thank you!"
SSG. Brian Laws of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"To Daniel D. Bartels,
Thank you. I honor your courage and efforts. The most sincere thanks to you and your family for the contributions you gave for the sake of freedom for this country. I didn't know you, but being from the same community, I feel that Ft. Wainwright and the city of Fairbanks lost a great soldier and friend. May God Bless you and your Family"
Angela of Fairbanks, AK

"Thank you for all your prayers and support. I was Danny's sister, and I speak for our whole family when I say his memory and your support will not be forgotten."
Brandy Bartels of Philip, SD

"We want to let you know how saddened we were to hear of the loss of your son. We lost our son, Paul, the same week. This is the hardest thing we have ever had to do. We are so proud of our son and yours. They were serving their country and doing what they had to do to keep this a free Nation. Please know our hearts go out to your family in this dark hour."
Gary and Bonnie Pillen of Rapid City, South Dakota

"To Dan's family -
I am a service member and knew Dan well in high school. He was a passionate, genuine and open person who always put a smile on my face. He taught me a lot about life, about kindness, and now about honor. I know I can't take away your pain or begin to fathom your sacrifice, but for what it's worth please know that the cause Dan fought for is a worthy one. I am praying for you."
Aubrey Weger of Orange City, IA

"Dan - Thank you for your friendship. I will miss you. After I returned from Iraq, you seemed so eager to go there and kick butt too. You served your country well - and I am lucky to be able to be filled with such happy memories from our past. By the way - say hello to Doug for me."
Tom of Sioux Falls, SD

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...
J and T Taylor USMC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"To the Bartels family,
Words cannot take away your pain, but we hope you find some comfort in knowing that DANIEL is an AMERICAN HERO and will Always be Remembered.
DANIEL - thank you for your courage and service to our country. We celebrate your life and honor your memory. May the Angels surround your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of an American Soldier, Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq, 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Daniel will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "


"Thank you Daniel Bartels, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Daniel Bartels:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Daniel for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Daniel Bartels:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Daniel, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on