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b. 1922 Medina, New York. d. 23/06/1944 Normandy, France.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 14, 16 and 23/06/1944 Normandy, France.

 

Butts was one of five brothers to serve in the war and the only one to be killed in action.

 

Butts joined the United States Army from Buffalo, New York in October 1940. He was killed on June 23, 1944, and is buried in Saint Marys Cemetery in Medina, New York.

 

MOH 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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: ST MARY'S CEMETERY, MEDINA, NEW YORK.

 

John Edward Butts

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