student wounded in Iraq; Rhodes Scholar among KU contingent
Insignia for Bartles' 418th Civil
The war in Iraq came home to campus last
month when KU graduate student Charles "Chuck"
Bartles, a reservist serving in Iraq, was critically
injured in a roadside bombing that killed one soldier
and wounded another.
Bartles, who was earning his master's degree in Russian
and East European studies at KU when he was called up
to active duty in April, lost his arm below his elbow
because of the blast and suffered injuries to his leg
The emergency medical care Bartles, 25, received in
a tent hospital in Iraq before being airlifted to Germany
and then the United States was detailed Oct. 29 in a
front-page Wall Street Journal article. The article
described how the military is handling the estimated
1,700-plus nonfatal casualties in Iraq. The other injured
soldier in the incident was Jared L. Myers of Lawrence.
No hard figures are available, but the University believes
30 to 50 KU students, faculty and staff are serving
in Iraq. Among them is Rhodes scholar Robert Chamberlain,
c'02, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army who is stationed
in Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Bartles, a championship high school boxer who won second
and third place at national heavyweight competitions,
may be able to regain up to 80 percent use of his arm
with help from prosthetics, his stepfather, Ken Robbins,
told the Lawrence Journal-World.
"Every time I talk to him he's real upbeat,"
said Robbins, of Yankton, S.D. "He's not down or
Bartles, a sergeant with the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion,
was riding in a non-armored vehicle when the bomb exploded.
The battalion, based in Belton, Mo., serves as a liaison
between the military and civilians and works with local
civilians to restore their communities.
"Everyone here is shaken up by the news about
Chuck Bartles," said Paul D'Anieri, associate professor
and director of the Center for Russian and East European
Studies at KU. "We wish him strength in facing
the challenges that await him, and we hope to see him
back at KU as soon as he's ready."
Chancellor Robert Hemenway expressed the University's
concern for Bartles' recovery and noted his pride in
Bartles' service to the country.
"He is in the thoughts and prayers of the entire
Jayhawk family, and we hope he will resume his studies
here as soon as his condition permits," Hemenway
said. "We thank all of our students and staff who
are serving their country in Iraq and other locations
around the world, and we continue to hope and pray for
their safe return." lease read our Privacy
| Robert Chamberlain, c'02
Chamberlain, the 24th KU student to win a Rhodes scholarship,
had planned to begin his studies at Oxford University
this fall but was deployed to Iraq in June. He is expected
to serve there until at least February and plans to
enroll at Oxford in October 2004. He hopes to study
international affairs, concentrating on the effects
of regime change on migrating populations and refugees.
The scholarship provides more than $50,000 for two years
of graduate study at Oxford.
Chamberlain's parents, Michael and Judy Chamberlain
of Topeka, keep in touch with their son through e-mail
and some postal service mail. Letters take up to three
weeks to be delivered, and packages sent by the couple
or Chamberlain's wife, Kristin, a KU business senior,
take up to five weeks to arrive.
Michael Chamberlain sends his son op-ed columns from
the New York Times and Washington Post and opinion articles
online from Salon.com, foreign policy journals and weekly
newsmagazines. He also records TV shows; Robert reports
that he and others in his unit enjoy recordings of "The
Daily Show," "West Wing" and "Inside