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George Butts

Date of birth: 1838
Date of death: February 17, 1902
Burial location: Elyria, Ohio
Place of Birth: New York, Rome
Home of record: Cleveland Ohio
Status: POW


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Gunner's Mate George Butts, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Signal, Red River, Louisiana, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters, returning their fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time the white flag was raised. Although entered on the sick list, Gunner's Mate Butts courageously carried out his duties during the entire engagement.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 45 (December 31, 1864)

Action Date: May 5, 1864

Service: Navy

Rank: Gunner's Mate

Division: U.S.S. Signal