Butler, James A., SgtMaj Deceased
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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS
Last Unit
1994-1994, 9999, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
Service Years
1964 - 1994
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Sergeant Major

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Year of Birth
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address

Date of Passing
Sep 03, 2015
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Marine Recruiter Shellback Bluenose

 Military Association Memberships
2nd Marine Division AssociationDisabled American Veterans (DAV)United States Seagoing Marine AssociationMickey Finn; Detachment 333
Marine Corps Heritage FoundationMarine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)MTWS Memorial TeamMTWS Memorial A-Team
MTWS Memorial TeamsMarine TWS Advisory Group
  1994, 2nd Marine Division Association [Verified]
  1995, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  1996, United States Seagoing Marine Association [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps League, Mickey Finn; Detachment 333 (Member) (Triangle, Virginia) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation [Verified]
  2008, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial Team
  2013, MTWS Memorial A-Team [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial Teams
  2015, Marine TWS Advisory Group

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  1978-1981, 2591, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)/H&S Co

From Month/Year
December / 1978
To Month/Year
January / 1981
H&S Co Unit Page
Gunnery Sergeant
2591-Operational Communication Chief
Camp Lejeune
North Carolina
 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)/H&S Co Details

1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)/H&S Co
Combat Deployable
Active Duty/Reserve
HQ/Command Elements
Parent Unit
1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2010
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
SSgt. Garry L. Ward my Radio Chief, Cpl. "Mac" McQuilliams my Wire Chief and GySgt. C.W. Harnest the Platoon Cmdr of 81 mm Mortar Platoon. 1st Lt. Charles Driest (later LtCol.) of 2nd Tank Bn., and my neighbor! Miss those days sitting on a tailgate chewing Redman and drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon beer!

Best Moment
When the CO, LtCol. John Ripley made me the Platoon Commander of the Comm. Platoon. Ace-ing the communications portion of the TACTest in 29 Palms. Deploying, deploying and deploying!


Worst Moment
Losing one of our Wire Platoon Marines to suicide.

Chain of Command
LtCol. Pruitt was the CO when I arrived. LtCol. John W. Ripley took over as the CO as we prepared for the cold weather deployment to "Anorak Express" in Norway. One of the finest officers I have ever had the pleasure of serving with! Maj. Stephen M. Hartnett - XO; SgtMaj Robert Wahoff; Capt. James R. Battaglini (later MGen.)was CO of H&S Co., 1stSgt. J.O. McKay and GySgt. Thomas Moore was the Company Gunny. 1stLt. Robertson was the Adjutant; Capt. Williams was the S3 and Capts. Mike Reep, Al Cortez, George Solhan and Hamilton were line Company Commanders. Mike Reep later moved to the S3A position.


Other Memories
The Delta Corridor; Pickle Meadows, Camp Edwards, Ma. all leading up to Anorak Express. Getting the "Bluenose" after crossing the Artic Circle. Kicking the Norgies butt during the exercise! Col. Cacase, CO of 32 MAU/RLT-2 holding NJP on a SgtMaj. for being UA during the exercise!

My Photos For This Unit
Colonel John W. Ripley (Ret.)
Anorak Express 80
Capt. Al Cortez
Comm Platoon
 3 Brothers Assigned To This Unit:
  • Battaglini, James, MGen, 1997
  • LATZKO, EDWARD, Sgt, 1983
  • Ward, Garry, SSgt
 8 Other Members:
  • Faison, Tremtwood, Pvt, 1985
  • Piotrowski, Ken, LCpl, 1980
  • Roland, Ronald, MSgt, 1994
  • Tate, Donald, SSgt, 1999
  • Wade, Willie, Sgt, 1979
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