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Butler, James A., SgtMaj Specific Billet MOS'S
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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Current/Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Current/Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS'S
Previously Held MOS
9900-General Service Marine
2500-Basic Operational Communicator
2531-Field Radio Operator
0849-Shore Fire Control Partyman
2591-Operational Communication Chief
2537-Radio Chief
8411-RSS Recruiter
8411-OSO Recruiter
2581-Radio Frequency Management Technician
Current/Last Unit
1994-1994, 9999, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
Service Years
1964 - 1994
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Sergeant Major

Seven Hash Marks


 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 Teams
  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 [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial A-Team [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial Teams

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

After 30 years in the Corps, 19 years at the Credit Union and 100% Disability - Retired!

Other Comments:
Disabled American Veterans - Life Member; United States Seagoing Marine Association - Plankowner/Life Member; Heritage Foundation - Honor Roll; 2nd Marine Division Association - Life Member; Jacksonville/Onslow Military Affairs Committee - Member; Regiment of Retired Marines - Hall of Fame Member #9; Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary - President/Past President and Past Secretary.

 Remembrance Profiles - 120 Marines Remembered
  • Atkinson, Rene R., PVT
  • Ballard, John, Capt
  • Bates, Wallace W., PVT
  • Battaglini, James, MGen, 1997
  • Benson, Richard D., PVT
  • Bianco, Richard W., PVT
  • Boynton, James J., PVT
  • Brewer, John, SgtMaj
  • Bronson, Douglas, Sgt
  • Brooks, Michael F., PVT
  • Cahill, Steven M., PVT
  • Carcirieri, Marion, SgtMaj
  • Chisolm, John C., PVT
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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.)
Capt. Al Cortez
Anorak Express 80
Ripley giving
 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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