Sergeant James D. Butler was assigned to the 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division. The unit was fighting in Northern France at the time he died of his wounds. As a Private he received the Silver Star on 15 August 1944. He died of wounds on 21 October 1944, and is interred at C,18,106, Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France.
Silver Star Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private James D. Butler, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, in action in France, on 15 August 1944. Private Butler’s gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
- Rank: Private
- Date of death: 21 October 1944
- County: Cocke
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 23rd Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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