Retired Marine Corps. Col. Clyde H. Hartsel, 84, a veteran of both World Wars, died Jan. 4 at Vinson Hall in McLean after a heart attack. He had lived there for about a year.
Col. Hartsel had lived in the Washington area since shortly after his retirement in 1949 as chief of staff of the Marine Corps recruit depot at Parris Island, S.C.
During 1935-37, he had been assigned to Washington as aide-de-camp to the commandant of the Marine Corps and aid to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Born in Hoytville, Ohioa, Col. Hartsel joined the marines in 1917 and saw combat in many of the major campaigns in Europe in World War I. After the war, he was with the army of occupation in Germany.
He had tours of duty in Haiti and China. In 1942, he commanded a marine battalion in Samoa. In 1945, he was with the 1st Marine Division in Tientsin, China.
Col. Hartsel was a member of the Royal Arch Masons and the Knights Templar and belonged to the National Sojourners.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ray Jumper, of Findlay, Ohio, and two brothers, Walter and John, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.