Michael J. Bartelme-Born in Wisconsin and raised in Minnesota, “Mick” entered West Point in July 1958. He graduated in 1962 and was commissioned as a 2dLT in the Infantry. As an Airborne/Ranger, he was initially assigned as an Infantry Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1964, he was further assigned to Viet Nam where he was the Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Battalion with the mission of the “elite Palace Guard”. After a short tour at the US Army Infantry school, 1968 found Mick back in Viet Nam as the Battalion Operations Oficer in the 1st Calvary Division. Among his many decorations were a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Air Medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and a Meritorious Service Medal. Upon returning state side, he earned a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Alabama. This led to becoming an Instructor at West Point in the Department of Psychology and Leadership. After graduating from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Mick took his family to Heidelberg, Germany where he served as the Chief of Training and Exercises for the Central Army Group (CENTAG). A tour as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Iowa followed.Lieutenant Colonel Mick Bartelme retired from the Army in 1984 and became a successful corporate executive. He died in 1987 in a plane crash while learning to fly. Mick was an outstanding officer, a loyal friend and a devoted husband and father.
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