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USS John C. Butler (DE 339)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation (retroactive) - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


Specifications:
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
John C. Butler (DE 339) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 October 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 12 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Walter C. Butler, mother of Ensign Butler
  • 31 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr J. E. Pace, in command
  • 25 October 1944: Participated in the Battle off Samar, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, as a unit of Taffy 3 (TU 77.4.3), for which she was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
  • 26 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal.
  • 27 December 1950: Recommissioned, assigned to NRT, 11th Naval District at San Diego, Cal.
  • 18 December 1957: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 01 June 1970: Struck from the NVR
  • December 1971: Sunk as target off California
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    John C. Butler 22k John Clarence Butler was born on 2 February 1921 at Liberty, Ariz., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 19 February 1941. He was appointed Aviation Cadet 3 April; and, after flight training, he reported to Bombing Squadron 3 on board carrier Yorktown. In the epochal Battle of Midway 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. He was declared "lost in action" on 5 June 1942. For his part in this gallant attack, which did much to turn the tide of the Pacific war, Ensign 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."

    USS John C. Butler (DE 339) (1944-1957) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (photo from Phoenix DESA web site)
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    John C. Butler 18k undated wartime image (Photo: National Archives #80G382869) Nick Tiberio

    View the USS John C. Butler (DE 339) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    View the Adm. Clifton Sprague and Task Unit 77.4.3 Memorial
    This monument is dedicated to the memory of Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague and the 13 ships and 7,300 men of Task Unit 77.4.3,
    also known as "Taffy 3," which were under his command during the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944 during the Battle for Leyte Gulf.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: F.F. "Jeff" Conley
    Address: 13 Dunedin Lane / Bella Vista AR 72715
    Phone: (501) 855-6406
    E-mail: jeffeeecr@aol.com

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    Additional Resources

    Website of the John C. Butler (DE 339) Chapter of DESA in Phoenix AZ
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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