More detail on this person: Col. Olva Barland Butler, a native of Shreveport, lived in Baton Rouge for the last 26 years of his life. He was a member of St. Thomas More Parish, Baton Rouge. Col. Butler was graduated from Georgia Military Academy in 1942. He attended LSU where he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He earned a BS degree from Troy State University, Troy, AL and a Master's degree from George Washington University, Washington, DC. Col. Butler was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. He was a retired Army aviation and infantry officer who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. Later, Col. Butler served the Army as a professor of military science at LSU. He had a long and distinguished military career as evidenced by his many awards, among them the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with "V" device, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Infantry Badge, and Master Army Aviator Badge. Col. Butler retired from the Army in 1974 and spent the next 10 years as executive officer for the LA Dept. of Health and Human Resources. Col. Olva Barland Butler passed away at home on Saturday, August 22, 1998, at the age of 73. He was laid to rest in Port Hudson National Cemetery, on Tuesday, August 25. Col. Butler was survived by his wife Joanne Larmoyeux Butler, daughter Paige, son-in-law Scott MacPherson, and two grandchildren. His obituary appeared in The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, on August 23, 1998.
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