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Richard E. Butler , Jr.


AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW-2) Richard E. Butler, Jr. (ASN: W-3154137), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 30 January 1968. Chief Warrant Officer Butler distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as Pilot of an armed helicop0er in a combat operation at Kontum. Upon arriving, he spotted mortar and machine gun positions and immediately directed the flight to the enemy positions. He placed deadly accurate mini-gun fire and directed his crews' fire towards suppressing the enemy. After expending his ordnance, the gunship landed at Kontum to re-arm and re-fuel. The ships were directed to proceed to a suspected enemy rocket battalion emplacement northeast of Kontum. On one firing pass, Chief Warrant Officer Butler's aircraft was hit by a 37-mm. explosive round, and he received multiple wounds in his left leg. He permitted evacuation only after the fire team had expended their ordnance. As a result of his efforts, the ground attack on Kontum was disrupted and many lives were saved. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 4611 (July 15, 1968)

Action Date: January 30, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW-2) Richard E. Butler, Jr. (ASN: W-3154137), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company in the Republic of Vietnam.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW-2) Richard E. Butler, Jr. (ASN: W-3154137), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company on 19 April 1968. Chief Warrant Officer Butler distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as an aircraft commander on a UH-1C armed helicopter escorting an unarmed helicopter during a mission to extract a long range reconnaissance patrol that was in heavy contact with the enemy near Dak To. Arriving over the contact area, he encountered a heavy volume of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire which was also encircling the trapped team. Continuing to engage the enemy, his murderous barrages of rocket fire caused the insurgent troops to break contact and withdraw, thus enabling the rescue helicopter to enter and depart the landing zone safely. After the evacuation helicopter had been safely escorted out of the area, Chief Warrant Officer Butler returned to the scene and totally silenced the enemy with his aircraft armament systems. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 6780 (September 30, 1968)

Action Date: April 19, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2

Company: 189th Assault Helicopter Company