Gary William Butler

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
25 September 1951 - 17 September 1971
San Jose, California
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Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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02 Jan 2008

To a true friend from flight school and will always be
May you fly the highest, for the rest of us to see
We all someday will join you and all may reminisce
About the war that took you, for you are truly missed

From a friend,
Robert Dundas
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On 17 Sep 1971 the 61st Assault Helo Company was tasked with inserting an ROK recon patrol in the An Loa Valley about 19 kilometers west-southwest of Duc Pho. The insertion site, a small clearing on a hillside, precluded actually landing so the ten-man LRRP team would descend by ladder as the UH-1 hovered. As the last of the Koreans were reaching the ground the UH-1 pilot (CW2 James Jordan) was hit by sniper rounds and the tail rotor hit a tree. The Huey rolled inverted and crashed on top of the ROK troops, killing all of them. Although Joiner and both crewmen were able to escape from the wreckage, copilot Gary Butler was trapped; he died in the subsequent explosions and fire. The three survivors all were injured; Joiner had bullet wounds to the neck and shoulder and both crewmen were severely burned. None of them were able to respond to rescue attempts by the crew of a command-and-control aircraft but were recovered by a major from the C&C helo who went down by jungle penetrator and individually brought up the three men.

At the time the bodies could not be recovered from the wreckage, but two weeks later a recovery mission was successfully conducted.

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Robert Dundas
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Jan 2008
Last updated 01/10/2008