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Medina in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Second Lieutenant John E. Butts

Company E, 60th Infantry

 

— United States Army —

 
Second Lieutenant John E. Butts Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
1. Second Lieutenant John E. Butts Memorial
Inscription.  Citation:
Lieutenant Butts heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Despite being painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandes and again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a bridgehead across the Doueve River, he refused medical aid and remained with his platoon. A week later, near Flottemanville Hague, he led an assault on a tactically important and stubbornly defended hill studded with tanks, anti-tank guns, pillboxes and machine gun emplacements, and protected by concentrated artillery and mortar fire. As the attack was launched, Lieutenant Butts, at the head of his platoon, was critically wounded by German machine gun fire. Although weakened by his injuries, he rallied his men and directed one squad to make a flanking movement while he alone made a frontal assault to draw the hostile fire upon himself. Once more he was struck, but by grim determination and sheer courage continued to crawl ahead. When within ten yards of his objective, he was killed by direct fire. By his superb courage, unflinching valor and inspiring actions, Lieutenant Butts enabled his platoon
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Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
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to take a formidable strong-point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission." Harry Truman
 
Erected 1980.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1944.
 
Location. 43° 12.716′ N, 78° 23.081′ W. Marker is in Medina, New York, in Orleans County. It is in . Marker is on South Main Street (New York State Route 31) 0.1 miles south of Orient Street, on the left when traveling south. Memorial is near the entrance to John E. Butts Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medina NY 14103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Circus Pioneer (approx. 0.4 miles away); NY Central Depot (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Historic Medina (approx. half a mile away); Medina Fire Department (approx. half a mile away); Dedicated to All Military Veterans (approx. half a mile away); The Modern Age: Electric Trolley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Earliest Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bent's Opera House - 1864 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medina.
 
Also see . . .  John E. Butts - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
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Second Lieutenant John E. Butts Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
4. Second Lieutenant John E. Butts Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on March 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jan. 29, 2023