Butler, John Augustus, LtCol

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Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1944-1945, 0302, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
Service Years
1934 - 1945
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Lieutenant Colonel


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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Orleans
Last Address
New Orleans

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1945
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section F Site 870

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USMC (United States Marine Corps)5th Marine Regiment5th Marine Division1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
  1936-1939, USMC Intel Center
  1939-1940, 5th Marine Regiment
  1940-1943, 0201, USMC Intel Center
  1943-1945, 5th Marine Division
  1944-1945, 0302, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima2
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy1
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*BUTLER, JOHN A. Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division Date of Action: February 19 - March 5, 1945 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to John A. Butler, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, attached to the Twenty-Seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, from 19 February to 5 March 1945. Landing with his battalion in the fourth wave on D-Day, Lieutenant Colonel Butler quickly advanced his men over ground swept by heavy hostile mortar and artillery fire to a position approximately 150 yards inland from the beach, where he promptly established his command post on top of an enemy occupied blockhouse. Directing his troops from this dangerous position as they made their tortuous way over the shifting, volcanic sands and gun-studded terraces toward Motoyama Airfield Number One, he repeatedly exposed himself to the smashing bombardment of powerful Japanese gun-batteries and, subsequently unable to obtain satisfactory information regarding the progress of battle, unhesitatingly moved forward to the base of the airfield. With observation masked from this point, he fearlessly advanced to the top of the field, moved out under the unabated fury of hostile fire, and making a personal reconnaissance of the area, observed that his left assault company had circled the southern edge of the field but his right assault unit had been stopped in its advance by the overwhelming volume of Japanese dire. Disregarding all personal danger, he returned across the contested area under the direct fire of enemy riflemen concealed in the debris of wrecked planes and directed his right assault company forward. Cool and indomitable as the intrepid unit surged across the field in the face of savage resistance, Lieutenant Colonel Butler, by his daring combat tactics, outstanding valor and determined aggressiveness in the early critical stages of battle, had inspired his men to heroic performance during the final phase of this assault which culminated in the seizure of the entire southern end of the vital Japanese position before the close of D-plus-2. His dynamic leadership and astute military acumen throughout reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Butler and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. CinC Pac: Serial 35224 (September 24, 1945) Home Town: San Diego, California
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