Second Lieutenant John E. Butts

Second Lieutenant John E. Butts (HM1JQT)

Location: Medina, NY 14103 Orleans County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 12.716', W 78° 23.081'

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Company E, 60th Infantry

— United States Army —

Citation: Lieutenant Butts heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Despite being painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandes and again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a bridgehead across the Doueve River, he refused medical aid and remained with his platoon. A week later, near Flottemanville Hague, he led an assault on a tacticaly important and stubbornly defended hill studded with tanks, anti-tank guns, pillboxes and machine gun emplacements, and protected by concentrated artillery and mortor fire. As the attack was launched, Lieutenant Butts, at the head of his platoon, was critically wounded by German machine gun fire. Although weakened by his injuries, he ralied his men and directed one 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 ten yards of his objective, he was killed by direct fire. By his supurb courage, unflinching valor and inspiring actions, Lieutenant Butts enabled his platoon to take a formidable strong-point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission." Harry Truman
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Year Placed1980
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Date Added Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 712440 N 4787671
Decimal Degrees43.21193333, -78.38468333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 12.716', W 78° 23.081'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 12' 42.96" N, 78° 23' 4.86" W
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Area Code(s)585, 716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101-1299 State Hwy 31, Medina NY 14103, US
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