|John E. Butts|
|Died||June 23, 1944 (aged 21–22)|
|Place of birth||Medina, New York|
|Place of death||Normandy, France|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1940 - 1944|
|Unit||60th Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
John Edward Butts was a soldier in the United States Army who received 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 and the only one to be killed in action.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Co. E, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and date: Normandy, France, 14, 16, and June 23, 1944. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Birth: Medina, N.Y. G.O. No.: 58, July 19, 1945. 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, 2LT 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, 2LT Butts enabled his platoon to take a formidable strong point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission.
After the war, Butts' remains were brought back from Normandy to the United States in 1948 and interred at St. Mary's cemetery in Medina, New York. In 1957 the Army airfield at Fort Carson, Colorado was named the Butts Army Airfield.
- "Orleans County Obits". Medina Daily Journal. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorlean/obitb4.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- WWII Army Enlistment Records
- "Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services". Fort Carson. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. http://web.archive.org/web/20071107120720/http://www.carson.army.mil/dpw/fcfes/cfr.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- "John E. Butts". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5612945. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
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