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Born on March 19, 1944
Casualty was on July 18, 1966

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Robert Butler, Jr.
(picture courtesy of Ellen Baker)

Sgt. Robert Butler served in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. He was killed on Operation HASTINGS. For his heroism above and beyond the call of duty, he was awarded the Silver Star. His fellow Marines will never forget this very special man. Sgt. Butler's name stands proud on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor. God bless you forever, Brother Marine.~DR

Operation HASTINGS

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the

SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to



for service as set forth In the following


For conspicuous and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader in Company, M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines on search and destroy operations against the North Vietnamese Army in the Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966.   

Company M landed by helicopter in Quang Tri Province, and immediately came under intense enemy automatic weapons and small-arms fire. Sergeant Butler, spotting an enemy machine-gun emplacement, maneuvered his squad in an attempt to destroy the vital position.

Due to dense vegetation, he lost momentary contact with his squad. Unhesitatingly, he single-handedly continued the attack exposing himself to devastating fire, and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, engaged the machine-gun position at close range and succeeded In destroying it. 

Shortly thereafter, Sergeant Butler was mortally wounded by sniper fire. His daring actions in the face of almost certain death served as a great inspiration to the men of his squad. By his heroic initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, he upheld the traditions of the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service. He Gallantly gave his life for his country.

Friday, July 23, 1999

Remembering Bob Butler

Bob was a school-mate of mine, also a neighbor. He lived about a mile from me, and he and his brother, Steve, spent some time working for my dad on our farm. I had a huge "crush" on Bob --he was a real hunk. 

He wrote to my Dad a few times after he joined the Marines, came to visit us once before he went to Viet Nam. He came in his full dress uniform. He was so proud to be a Marine, and he wanted my Dad to know that he "amounted to something." Dad had given him and Steve some summer work on our farm. Bob would immediately take his money and walk the 4 miles to Sheridan to buy groceries for younger brothers and sister.

I want everyone to know that Bob was a fine young man who had a sense of responsibility far beyond his years. He was well liked by his schoolmates, and I'm sure that he was idolized as a wonderful big brother by Steve. Steve, was also in Viet Nam. Wounded there, I believe. I think he went back to Viet Nam to escort Bob's body home.

I had heard that Bob was married and had a son. If he did have a son, I would hope that he would be very proud of his father.

I talked with my Dad last evening -- he is now aged 87, but mentally as strong as ever. I asked him if he knew that Bob had been given the Silver Star. He, like me, did not know that. I read him the citation, and told him there was no doubt that Bob died a hero. His comment, "I would have bet the farm he would have never been shot running away."

He said that if anyone ever hears from Steve, please tell him that Dick Davis from Sheridan would love to hear from him. He confirmed that Steve was also a Marine, also in Viet Nam, and was wounded (shot in the face, we think), released from the hospital to escort Bob home.

The picture at the top of the page is Bob taken in 1961 when we were sophomores in high school. That was the last year that I attended school with Bob. The picture was of our high school (Sheridan, Indiana) track team. Bob could run like a gazelle.~Ellen Baker