Battle-tested, Captain America and his Howling Commandos quickly earned their stripes. Their mission: taking down HYDRA, a Nazi rogue deep science division. Barnes is the only Howling Commando to give his life in service of his country.
"I am not Bruce Wayne. But when lives were lost…and the entire city was at stake…I did what Batman had to do. I acted as the Dark Knight. To the best of my abilities—I became him. And I succeeded. Not as Dick Grayson. And not as Bruce Wayne. (Batman #697)