WO1 George D. Bartol was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/16/2004 at the age of 59.8 from Brain cancer
Winter Park, FL
Flight Class 68-1
Date of Birth 12/19/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 540 TC CO in 65-66, A/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 68-69
Call sign in Vietnam APACHE 16
This information was provided by Heather Bartol, (daughter)

More detail on this person: George Daniel Bartol age 59 born 12/19/1944 died 10/16/2004 in Winter Park, Florida from Glioblastoma & Pneumonia (Military Related Cancer).

My father served in the Army from 1965-1970. This included 2 tours in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of CW-2.

My father worked for Petroleum Helicopters for 33 years as a Helicopter Pilot and Base Manager. He loved to fly. Aside from his family, flying was his real passion in life.

My father was a very dedicated family man. He loved to travel, attending FSU sporting events, gardening, boating, going on cruises, and home improvement projects.

On April 25, 2003, my father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (Glioblastoma Multiforme) in Pensacola, Florida. Since they did not have appropriate medical care to offer him in Pensacola, we relocated my father and mother to Orlando, Florida for medical treatment. My father was service connected at 100% by the VA for the cancer and residual complications. My father gave the cancer the fight of his life. He was never bitter or angry about his diagnosis. He knew God had a plan for him. He accepted his fate in life.

On October 16, 2004, my father died unexpectantly at home in Winter Park, Florida as a result of the brain cancer. His ashes are being scattered in Winter Park, Florida; Perdido Key, Florida; and Priest Lake, Idaho. A memorial marker has been installed at Barrancas National Cemetary at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

To honor my father, we have set up a scholarship fund to help the children who have lost a parent to brain cancer. We want to help the children who are being left behind. The scholarship is called "The George Bartol Memorial Scholarship Fund". The first scholarship will be awarded in time for the January 2006 term to start. We believe my father would be very happy about this. He was a very strong advocate of higher education. He paid for my sisters and I to get multiple degrees at Florida State University without question. If anyone desires to contribute to the scholarship fund,

My father was the love of our lives. We miss him dearly.

On April 18, 2005, my father is being honored at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. since he died as a result of exposures in Vietnam. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is sponsoring the event. I will send you a copy of the press release so you can include it in your newsletter. My dad is being featured in newspapers, and through TV interviews with our family in Orlando, Pensacola, and Spokane, WA in regards to his ceremony in Washington, D.C. He is an American hero who served his country, God and his family with honor, dignity and pride.

Survivors: Wife-- Sue Bartol, Winter Park, Florida & Perdido Key, Florida; Daughter- Kari Bartol, Winter Park, Florida; Daughter- Heather Bartol, Orlando, Florida; Daughter- Brandy Bartol, Crawfordville, Florida; Parents- Jack & Wanna Bartol, Spokane, Washington; Sister- Diane Cook, Spokane, Washington; Sister- Debbie Graff, Katy, Texas; Sister- Denise Bledsoe, Spokane, Washington; Sister- Jacquie Shearer, Spokane, Washington.

My father was preceeded in death by Jon Bartol (Army Helicopter Pilot) & Mark Bartol. They were both murdered in the early 1980s in Seattle, Washington.

From: Heather Bartol

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