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First Name: John

Last Name: Butts

Birthplace: Medina, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Buffalo, NY
Middle Name: Edward

Date of Birth: 1922

Date of Death: 23 June 1944

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served: 1940 - 1944
John Edward Butts

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


John Edward Butts
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Second Lieutenant John Edward Butts was a U.S. Army officer who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Normandy Campaign during World War II. Butts was one of five brothers to serve in the war; he was the only one to be killed in action.

Butts was born in Medina, NY, and entered service at Buffalo, NY.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Normandy, France; 14, 16, and 23 June 1944.

Citation: Heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Although painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandes and again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a bridgehead across the Douve River, he refused medical aid and remained with his platoon. A week later, near Flottemanville Hague, he led an assault on a tactically important and stubbornly defended hill studded with tanks, antitank guns, pillboxes, and machinegun emplacements, and protected by concentrated artillery and mortar fire. As the attack was launched, 2d Lt. Butts, at the head of his platoon, was critically wounded by German machinegun fire. Although weakened by his injuries, he rallied his men and directed 1 squad to make a flanking movement while he alone made a frontal assault to draw the hostile fire upon himself. Once more he was struck, but by grim determination and sheer courage continued to crawl ahead. When within 10 yards of his objective, he was killed by direct fire. By his superb courage, unflinching valor and inspiring actions, 2d Lt. Butts enabled his platoon to take a formidable strong point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission.


In 1957 the Army airfield at Fort Carson, CO, was named the Butts Army Airfield.

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant John Edward Butts was killed in action on 23 June 1944. After the war, Butts' remains were brought from Normandy to the United States in 1948 and interred at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Medina, NY.

Honoree ID: 1316   Created by: MHOH




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