John Clarence Butler
John Clarence Butler
Butler circa 1941, at about the time he finished flight training. US Navy photo.
|Born||February 2, 1921|
|Died||June 4, 1942 (aged 21)|
KIA near Midway Island
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1941-1942|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
*Battle of Midway
Butler was born in Liberty, Arizona to Walter and Irene Butler. After high school, he attended the University of California at Los Angeles and San Diego State University. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on February 19, 1941, qualified for flight training, and was appointed as an Aviation Cadet on April 3.
After flight training, he reported to Second Division of Bombing Squadron Three on board aircraft carrier Yorktown (CV-5). On 4 June 1942, Butler and his squadron attacked a Japanese task force during the Battle of Midway, and succeeded in sinking three aircraft carriers. When Bulter's squadron returned to the Yorktown (CV-5) that night, his plane was not among them; his body was never recovered.
For his part in this attack, Butler was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
In 1943, the destroyer escort USS John C. Butler (DE-339) was named in his honor.
The people of Buckeye also sought to memorialize Butler's contributions to the war effort. The Buckeye Municipal Airport named its airfield the "John C. Butler Memorial Field" in his honor. In addition, Buckeye's American Legion Hazelton-Butler Post No. 53 was named for him.
Awards and decorations
John Clarence Butler 's awards and decorations include:
|Navy Cross||Purple Heart||American Defense Service Medal
|Presidential Unit Citation|
|Navy Cross Citation — John Clarence Butler (MIA)|
|The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign John Clarence Butler (NSN: 0-104236), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4–6 June 1942. Ensign Butler took part in dive-bombing attacks against Japanese naval forces in the Battle of Midway. Disregarding the extreme danger from intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition, he, vigorously and with heroic determination, pressed home his attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet. His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to the accomplishment of a vastly important objective contributed in large measure to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Action Date: June 4–6, 1942
Battalion: Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
Other articles of the topic World War II : Max Silverstein, Chester Thomas O'Brien, London Lewis Traw, Robert Burr Smith, Harry James Lowe Jr., Robert Lee Pettit, William Finnic Cates
Some use of "" in your query was not closed by a matching "".Some use of "" in your query was not closed by a matching "".
- Book:John C. Butler-class destroyer escorts
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- , Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy.
- "Hall of Valor: John Clarence Butler". Militarytimes.com. Military Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Unknown parameter
- Meck, Verlyne (2015). Legendary Locals of Buckeye. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 9781467102001. Retrieved 20 June 2017. Search this book on
- Commander, Bombing Squadron THREE (June 10, 1942). "Commander, Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3). Action Report". Midway, 1942. Commander, ENTERPRISE Air Group. Archived from the original (doc) on June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. Unknown parameter
- "USS John C. Butler (DE 339)". Navsource Online. Navsource Naval History. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Unknown parameter
|url-status=ignored (help)Navy Source Archives
- "John C. Butler Memorial Field - Hangar Waiting List" (PDF). Arizona Government. December 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 24 January 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Unknown parameter
- "Veteran's Organization - John C. Butler". American Legion Post 53. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Unknown parameter
This article "John Clarence Butler" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical and/or the page Edithistory:John Clarence Butler. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one.