Larry Don Butler

United States Marine Corps
07 September 1945 - 02 September 1968
Buena Park, California
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Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Larry Don Butler

30 May 2002

I didn't know Larry Don Butler but I was a friend of his brother.
I learned of Larry's death a few years ago and his name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Texarkana, TX.
Larry Don Butler will be forever remembered in Bowie County Texas.
God Bless and Keep You.

From a fellow Vet,
Mack Easley
New Boston, Texas

25 Oct 2005

Larry and I attended New Boston High School, New Boston, Texas. Larry was a fine young man. always laughing, full of energy and I don't ever know of him having an enemy in school. I remember his freckled face and beaming smile. He was liked by all and never was overbearing even to lower class members. He was all right. I can see with his red hair, high energy level how he would have made a first rate Marine. I served in Viet Nam 1-68 through 4-69 in I Corps, attached to the 3rd Marine Division all along the DMZ. I wish I'd been there to try and help but I understand that the land mine the trac hit was super powerful and he died instantly. Thanks, Larry, for your sacrifice and I'll never forget you. I talked to your Dad a few years back - he still looked the same. May God bless your family, and may you be resting in his arms.

From a friend and school mate,
Morris W. Johnson
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30 Dec 2006

My name is Dina Butler. I've never met Larry,but I feel that I know him - my husband is his brother. He talks about him all the time, and I love listening to the stories!

We just had Christmas, and Dorothy (Larry's Mom) took out two letters from Larry while he was overseas. If I didn't know him before, I knew him after that.

He loved his wife, kids, and his country, and he was taking care of them all when he was killed.

My husband and his brothers (there are 5) haven't seen their nephews since Larry was killed, and I'd like to be one of the ones who help find them, so if anyone out there has any information leading to this, please let me know at this address -

from his sister-in-law,
Dina Butler

16 Feb 2007

My name is Dina Butler, my husband is Larry Don Butler's brother. I don't koow a lot about him, but I do know that he was loved then and loved now by all his family and looked upon as a Hero, which he was, and will always be. My husband's name is Randy Butler, and he talks all the time of his brother wanting to know any information about him, so if anyone has it, let us know.

Dina Butler
1272 C R 3101, New Boston, Texas 75570

A Note from The Virtual Wall

It's unclear when Sergeant Butler was wounded, but the 3rd AMTRAC Bn Command Chronology for August 1968 notes that
"At 281400H [2 pm, 28 August] at coord 054704 while on resupply run B-12 lead vehicle in a column of two detonated est 75-100lb pressure type mine. Set up security, searched area for additional mines, finding one more mine, and possibly more in area, and called for medevac. ... Three (3) USMC medevac""

The B-12 AmTrac was a Bravo Company vehicle, and within days two Marines assigned to Bravo Company were dead from wounds received in "explosive device" incidents:

  • SSgt Larry F. Hoadley, Watervliet, MI (DoW 09/01/1968)
  • Sgt Larry D. Butler, Buena Park, CA (DoW 09/02/1968)
While The Virtual Wall cannot say with certainty that SSgt Hoadley and Sgt Butler were involved in the B-12 incident it seems likely to be so.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister-in-law,
Dina Butler
1272 C R 3101, New Boston, Texas 75570

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 May 2002
Last updated 07/19/2007