WILLIAM M. BUTLER, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Butler '40

Date of birth: January 4, 1917

Date of death: February 4, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Smedley was lost when USS Barbel (SS 316) was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Palawan on February 4, 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Bronze Star

All Hands lists him as a recipient of the Bronze Star; unable to find this citation.


Class of 1940

William is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.