Butler, John Clarence
|born on||2 February 1921 at 06:15 (= 06:15 AM )|
|Place||Liberty, Arizona, 33n23, 112w29|
|Timezone||MST h7w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||13°11' 13°39 Asc. 21°29'|
United States Navy officer and Naval aviator who was killed in action in the World War II Battle of Midway. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
Butler enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 19 February 1941. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet on 3 April; and, after flight training, he reported to Bombing Squadron 3 on board aircraft carrier Yorktown (CV-5).
In the epochal Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942, Butler and his squadron attacked a Japanese carrier group and despite heavy opposition succeeded in sinking three of the vital enemy flattops. His plane, however, did not return.
For his part in this gallant attack, which did much to turn the tide of the Pacific War, Ens. Butler was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. In part the citation noted: "His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to the accomplishment of a vastly important objective contributed in large measure to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate.
- Vocation : Military : Honors (Navy Cross)
- Vocation : Military : Killed
- Vocation : Military : Military career