“For outstanding heroism in action while attached to Mine Squadron TWENTY, operating under Commander Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, from March 24 to 31; and thereafter under the operational control of Commander Transport Screen, from April 1 to June 22, 1945. Although lightly armed and highly vulnerable while operating in dangerous mined waters, the U.S.S. BUTLER rendered heroic service in minesweeping, fire support, radar picket, anti-suicide boat, anti-submarine and antiaircraft screen missions. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and ready for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to destroy seven Japanese planes and assist in the destruction of two others. Sustaining damage and personnel casualties on two occasions when enemy suicide planes disintegrated close aboard, the U.S.S. BUTLER, by her own aggresiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, achieved a record of gallantry in combat reflecting the highest credit upon herself, her entire company and the United States Naval Service.”
Source: NARA Modern Military Records (NECTM). Textual Archives Services Division.