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USS BUTLER (DD-636 / DMS-29)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NULY

CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard. September 16 1941.
Launched February 12 1942 and commissioned August 15 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-29 November 15 1944.
Heavily damaged by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft May 25 1945 off Okinawa.
Decommissioned November 8 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold January 10 1948 and broken up for scrap.
9 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Butler 66kSmedley D. Butler was born in West Chester, Pa., 30 July 1881 and was appointed a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1898. During the Spanish-American War he served aboard the armored cruiser New York. He served in China during the Boxer Rebellion and was appointed Captain by brevet for distinguished conduct. In 1914 he received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Veracruz and in 1915 he received a second Medal of Honor for service in Haiti. Major General Butler received Distinguished Service Medals from both the Army and the Navy in recognition of his service in France during World War I. He retired from active duty 1 October 1931 and died at Philadelphia 21 June 1940. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Butler 82kArtist's conception of the Butler as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Butler 254kUndated World War II image of the USS Murphy (DD-603), USS Gherardi (DD-637), USS Burler (DD-636), USS Herndon (DD-638) and USS Shubrick (DD-639).Bobby Kleinaman
Butler 94kFlyer announcing the launching of the USS Butler (DD-636) and the USS Gherardi (DD-637).Ed Zajkowski
Butler 142kUSS Gherardi (DD-637) under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1942. USS Butler (DD-636) is moored ahead of her. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.Bill Gonyo
Butler 113kMrs. John Wehle, Sponsor of USS Butler (DD-636), holds the christening bottle, during the ship's launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1942. She was daughter of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC, in whose honor USS Butler was named. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 99113.Robert Hurst
Butler 164kFreshly launched USS Butler (DD-636) and USS Gherardi (DD-637) sit moored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1942. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.Bill Gonyo
Butler 156kPhoto #: NH 99109 USS Gherardi (DD-637), at left, and USS Butler (DD-636) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Butler 94kUSS Butler (DD-636) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 99110.Robert Hurst
Butler 80kPhoto #: NH 99111 USS Gherardi (DD-637), at left, and USS Butler (DD-636) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Butler 205kUSS Butler as she slides down the ways, during launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. USS Gherardi (DD-637), which was launched immediately afterwards, is at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre, photo # NH 99112.Robert Hurst
Butler 190kPhoto #: NH 96397 USS Butler (DD-636), at right, starts to slide down the ways during launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1942. USS Gherardi (DD-637), which was launched immediately afterwards, is at left. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Butler 83kButler on the ways, February 12 1942.Gerd Matthes
Butler 74kPhoto #: 19-N-39866. USS Butler (DD-636) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 6 October 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Butler 70kPhoto #: 19-N-39863. USS Butler (DD-636) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 6 October 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Butler 83kPhoto #: 19-N-39868. USS Butler (DD-636) underway, off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 6 October 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Butler 113kUSS Butler underway off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 6 October 1942. Courtesy of the James C. Fahey Collection, U.S. Naval Institute. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre, photo # NH 93174.Robert Hurst
Butler 102kUSS Thorn (DD-647), USS Maddox (DD-622) and USS Butler (DD-636) at Brooklyn Navy Yard during 1943.Ron Reeves
Butler 154kMay 24 1943 at New York Navy Yard, USS Glennon (DD-620) with USS Maddox (DD-622) front left and front right is USS Butler (DD-636).Ed Zajkowski
Butler 53kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Dusk falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. The ship in the centre, just beyond the crane, is USS Gherhardi (DD-637). USS Luce (DD-522) is at left, with only her bow visible. USS Butler (DD-636) is at right, with only her stern visible. USS Doyle (DD-494) is in the right background. A British light cruiser, painted in yellow primer, is in the left background (USN Photo No 80-G-K-3859).Robert Hurst
Butler 66kPhoto #: 19-N-51688. USS Butler (DD-636) view on board, looking aft toward the ship's forward 5"/38 guns and pilothouse, with supplies piled on deck in the foreground. Taken at the New York Navy Yard, 3 September 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Butler 41kAtlantic convoy duty in 1944, taken by Harold S. Deal, Phm 1/c, USS Liddle, DE-206/APD-60.Jeffrey D. Deal
Butler 153kPhoto #: 80-G-260625. USS Butler (DD-636) comes alongside USS Solomons (CVE-67) to refuel, 15 October 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Butler 113kFrom the collection of crewmember Clarence Spatz, circa 1943-1945.John Wentzel
Butler 133kFrom the collection of crewmember Clarence Spatz, ship's crew circa 1943-1945.John Wentzel
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR M. D. Matthews    Aug 15 1942  Sep 17 1944
CDR R. M. Hinckley Jr.    Sep 17 1944  Nov 8 1945 

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joseph Walsh
Address: 3932 Indian River Road, Vaboh, VA 23456
Phone: (757)471-5499
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Butler (DMS-29)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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