Department of Defense Releases the Names of the Six Marines Killed Jan. 19 in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense released the names of six Marines killed Jan. 19 when their CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter went down in Afghanistan.

Each Marine was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, the “Red Lions,” based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. The squadron deployed in August for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Capt. Nathan R. McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., a CH-53 pilot, was commissioned into the Marine Corps in September 2005 and joined the squadron in October 2009. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His personal awards include two Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and NATO ISAF Medal.

Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Wash., was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and CH-53 pilot. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in May 2006, and reported for duty with HMH-363 in July 2011. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His personal awards include two Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO ISAF Medal.

MSgt. Travis W. Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa, was a CH-53 crew chief who enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1990 and reported to the “Red Lions” in March 2011. This was his fourth deployment; he had previously deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

His awards include six Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

He is survived by his wife and six children.

Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, 22, of Willis, Texas, was an aerial observer who joined HMH-363 in May 2011. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 2008. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards include an Air Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO ISAF Medal.

He is survived by his wife.

Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, N.J., was a CH-53 crew chief. He enlisted in the Marines in June 2008 and reported to HMH-363 in September 2009. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards include three Air Medals, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO ISAF Medal.

Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23, of North Beach, Md., was a CH-53 crew chief who had been with the “Red Lions” since March 2009. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2008. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards include three Air Medals, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO ISAF Medal.

He is survived by his wife.

Photos will be posted to the MCB Hawaii website when available. Imagery from HMH-363’s deployment is available online at http://www.dvidshub.net/.

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