|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1908|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1943|
World War II
Elvis Weldon Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Butler, was killed by accidental drowning in the North African area (probably Sicily) on the early morning of July 4, 1943. His body was recovered and buried in a burying ground for American servicemen there.
Weldon entered the army as a private on June 23, 1942. He took his preliminary training at Camp Wheeler and had been overseas for three months at the time of his death. He was with the first landing force in North Africa and had part in all of the operations resulting in the expulsion of the Nazis from North Africa and is believed to have gone on to Sicily and to have been located there at the time of his death.
Weldon was 35 years old. As a youngster, he went to school at Clarksburg. Before entering the army, he was in a textile mill in Dallas, Texas.
He is survived by his parents, James Clinton and Sarah Pearl Gooch Butler, who live on the outskirts of Huntingdon, a sister, Mrs. Edwin Williams of Huntingdon and another sister, Mrs. Hooxie Baker of Bruceton, a brother, J. C. Butler of Huntingdon, and two children of a youthful marriage, Louise, age 12, and James Waldon, age 10.
From Jan Bos--He did not drown in Sicily. The invasion of Sicily started on 10 July 1943. Perhaps Private Butler was a soldier of the 45th Infantry Division. I know that this division made several amphibious landings in preparation for the invasion of Sicily.
Private Butler, Army Serial Number 34287485, was buried in the temporary American Cemetery at Casablanca in plot/grave 24-5-210.
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment, Ancestry
Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, Ancestry
Clella Mae Carter, Carroll County Scrapbooks, Vol 25, page 88
Family Tree, Kyle Williams, Ancestry
Liberty All Cemetery
Created by: Linda Marrison
Record added: Mar 21, 2012
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