CW2 John "Smilin Jack" H. Butler was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/17/2015 at the age of 68.5
Carrboro, NC
Flight Classes 70-11 and 70-9
Date of Birth 06/02/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with B/7/1 CAV in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam DUTCHMASTER 37
This information was provided by Sammie Williams, D Smith

More detail on this person: John Henry Butler was born on June 2, 1947, to Henry Caston Butler and Haskell Vance Butler in Philadelphia, PA. He served his country first in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller and then in the U.S. Army as a Cobra Helicopter pilot. He did two tours of duty in Viet Nam. In civilian life he served his community as a Law Enforcement Officer. He retired as Captain of the Carrboro Police Department.

John loved his family very much. He died on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, in Burlington, NC. He leaves behind his wife, Pamela Tucker Butler; two beautiful daughters, Kelly Renee and Magan Michele, and a son-in-law, Jeremy Stillwagon. He also leaves behind two sisters, Thelma Autry and Ardith Cannon; his in-laws, Bobby Autry, Ray Cannon, Chuck and Laura Tucker, Debby Carpenter, Lesa and Mark Pierce, Joy and Randy Dameron, and Jan and Marc Kelemen. John had many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly, Darlene, Bobby Gene, Kristy, Franklin, Josh, Caroline, Sam, Evan, Jason, Bryan, and Amanda. He is preceded in death by his dear brother, Rick.

John made us laugh often and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 21, at Walkers Funeral Home 120 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at The Lamb's Chapel 415 Roxboro Road, Haw River, NC at 4 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at WalkersFuneralService.com.

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

Please send additions or corrections to: HQ@vhpa.org VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 06/15/2024

Copyright © 1998 - 2024 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association