Medina in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Lieutenant John E. Butts
Company E, 60th Infantry
—United States Army —
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 to take a formidable strong-point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission." Harry Truman
Marker series. Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 43° 12.716′ N, 78° 23.081′ W. Marker is in Medina, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is on South Main Street (New York State Route 31) 0.1 miles south of Orient Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Memorial is near the entrance to John E. Butts Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Medina NY 14103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Circus Pioneer (approx. 0.4 miles 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); Earliest Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bent's Opera House - 1864 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Medina Sandstone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frederick Douglass (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.)
Categories. • War, World II •
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