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Lieutenant Colonel 

Charles Lewis Butler


Basic Information

Charles Lewis Butler
3 Sep 1927
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
21 Jun 1972
Binh Long, Republic of Vietnam
Time In Service
From: Jun 1950
To: 21 Jun 1972


United States of America
Branch of Service
Lieutenant Colonel
Current Status
Not Specified

Service Record

Korean War, Vietnam War
Not Specified

Honors & Awards



Cadet Photo
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Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Butler, Charles L.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Co. F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Date of Action: December 15, 1950


The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to Second Lieutenant Charles L. Butler, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, Seventh Infantry Regiment, Third Infantry Division, on December 15, 1950, near Singyang-ni, Korea. He was in command of Task Force Fox, which had been organized in an attempt to relieve a platoon of Company G when it was enveloped by a numerically superior enemy force. While en route to the objective area, his task force was ambushed. With no thought for his personal safety, he was continuously in the forefront of the battle, rallying his men on to their objective. In the ensuing fierce encounter, he was wounded in the left arm. Despite his painful wound, he continued to press his men forward, reassuring them with w...   [ Read more » ]

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Charles Lewis Butler, LTC, US Army, 1927-1972
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Charles Lewis Butler, 1927-1972 LTC US Army USMA 1950
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Silver Star Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Charles Lewis Butler (ASN: 0-62588), United States Army, for gallantry in action during the period 6 June 1972 to 21 June 1972, while serving with Advisory Team 51 as Advisor to the 31st Regiment, 21st Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Colonel Butler was operating with a task force at Tan Khai to establish and maintain a base from which to provide fire support for the most forward elements of the division engaged in relieving the siege on An Loc. Realizing the importance of the Tan Khai base to the friendly forces, the enemy relentlessly subjected the base to fierce ground attacks and a heavy volume of mortar, artillery and rocket fire. Colonel Butler, without regard for his own safety repeatedly walked the perimeter checking the defensive positions and providing advise and assistance t...   [ Read more » ]

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Photo of sign in front of the Army Reserve Center in Saco, Maine
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His Service...

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1950. Veteran of Korean Conflict. Served as Platoon leader, 7th Infantry Division. Killed in action in An Loc Vietnam while serving as MACV Advisor. Recipient of Combat Infantrymans Badge, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His name is located on Panel 01W, Line 48 of the Vietnam Memorial

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