Gilbert H. Butler, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Gilbert H. Butler
Second Lieutenant, 7th Engineers Battalion, 5th Division
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of Death: December 1, 1944
Burial: Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, Lorraine, France
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Date of Enlistment: January 15, 1941
Monument: Lorraine, France
Awards: Purple Heart
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

"Gil' Butler War Victim

Word was received from the war department Tuesday by Mrs. George Burk, 303 Chicago, stating that her son, Lieut. Gilbert H. Butler, was killed in action in France on December 1.

Lieut. Butler was a member of the regiment of engineers in General George Patton's army, and had been in France since D-day.

He was 29 years of age and was born in Valparaiso. While attending Valparaiso university he volunteered to army service and was sent to Indianapolis with the second group to leave the county on January 15, 1941, almost a year before the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

For a time he was stationed in California, but later joined the engineers.

Surviving in addition to his mother and step-father, is a sister, Miss Ernestine Butler, of Chicago.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 13, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 3

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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