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  • Date of Birth:5/22/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/11/1966
  • Home of Record:BALTIMORE
  • County of Record:BALTIMORE CITY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:12E, 53
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:10/6/1930
  • Date of Casualty:11/11/1966
  • Home of Record:BANGOR
  • County of Record:PENOBSCOT COUNTY
  • State:ME
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:MAJ
  • Panel/Line:12E, 53
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


is honored on Panel 12E, Line 53 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • POW copper Bracelet...

    Posted on 2/19/17 - by Darla Amador
    My name is Darla R Amador, 6 Village Pkwy , Napa CA 94558
    email: Phone 707-529-6039
    Richard was a part of my life in the 70's. I was the young girl that proudly wore the POW bracelet with Colonel Richard Butt engraved into the copper bracelet.I feel so honored to be able to tell his loved ones, that Richard made a difference in my life forever! In October I had the pleasure to visit Washington DC. Top on my list was to visit the Vietnam Wall and find Richard. His name was up so high I could not scratch his name. It was a very moving experience and somewhat closure that I carry with me forever. I often wondered what he looked like, where he lived etc. And now i know.. My goodness he was handsome!! Like a movie star! He will be with me in my heart always. One day in the earth made new I want to meet him. May god bless the memory of Richard and comfort the people that loved him.
  • my cousin

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by lesley
    I left a post and it spelled my cousins name as dokie his name was duckies that's what we called him so sorry there is a mistake
  • my cousin

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by lesley
    Dokie as we called him was my cousin and I remember when he left I remember getting the news and seeing his wife holding his 3 week old son get the news he was shot down i Remeber my aunt cry when she got the news they found his remains and I remember the planes that flew over at his funeral he was very special to me even thought I was a child I miss him and think about him often
  • Final Mission of 1LT Richard L. Butt

    Posted on 6/30/14 - by
    The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F-4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. On November 11, 1966, two F-4C aircraft were shot down about 5 miles west of the city of Vinh Linh in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. The crew of one consisted of pilot 1LT Herbert B. Ringsdorf and weapons/system operator 1LT Richard L. Butt. Of this crew, both were apparently captured, but only Ringsdorf was released at the end of the war. The Department of Defense received intelligence that Butt was dead, but evidently did not feel it was compelling enough to declare Butt Killed in Action, as he remained in Prisoner of War status for several years. On April 10, 1986, Butt's remains were "discovered" and returned by the Vietnamese and positively identified. [Narrative taken from; image from]
  • Can’t Place the Name but the Fate is Familiar

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by John H. Corcoran, Jr.

    My roommate at Air Force ROTC summer camp in Myrtle Beach, SC, was the coolest guy with the worst name I'd ever met. His name was Dick Butt. Yeah, I know. Never learned if his folks were naïve or pranksters.

    He was a Southern gentleman and a natural born leader. We didn’t even need to hold a formal vote on who would be our cadet squadron commander. Dick Butt was the only choice. He led. We followed.

    In the bull sessions that filled the empty times, we discussed careers. Naturally he wanted to become a fighter pilot. He was assigned to the then hottest jet hthe F-4C Phantom II.. And then they sent him to war. The War at the time was in Vietnam. Today it’s a tourist destination.

    But even the best jet isn't enough of a shield sometimes, and one fine day Dick Butt got shot down over North Vietnam. His wingman saw two good ‘chutes and marked where the crew had disappeared into the Triple Canopied rainforest below. The Jollys and the Sandies came and looked for him, but they couldn't find him and they couldn’t get him out and the word was he'd become a guest at the Hanoi Hilton.

    We had mutual friends at the base where I was stationed and I tried to keep up on his status. A lot of rumors were floated about—including the brutal one that he had died in prison of wounds.

    I left the service and I don't recall how I heard a new rumor—that the old rumor was false. Dick Butt was alive and well and still a POW. I had no doubt he was leading whatever men were imprisoned with him. I hoped and prayed he would be home soon.

    There was yet another rumor as the men in dark suits finished up their task of designing a table correctly shaped for arranging the release of prisoners of war in Vietnam. Dick Butt would, in fact be one of the first prisoners released. I scanned the list. His name was not on it. I scanned all the lists. No joy. More rumors floated about, including the old one, once again.

    I remember seeing his death confirmed in print and thinking about Air Force ROTC Summer camp and how good old Dick Butt, cadet squadron commander, had gotten us through the day's drills and to the BX in time for happy hour and laughter and memories.

    But I didn't believe the final rumor until I walked onto the sacred place in Washington, DC, and personally searched and found his ridiculous name carved into that dark marble that is both an ode to heroism and an Absolute Truth.

    No more rumors. Good old Dick Butt was dead. And all those years that had gone by —a lifetime really—had gone by without him around. He wasn't there to bring joy to his family, or his new friends, or lead other men with that engaging way he had--all drawl and smiles and cold steel beneath if you doubted him.

    And then I remembered what he used to say when people would kid him about his ridiculous name. “Well I wanted a name that covered it all.”

    We would laugh back then, in those ridiculous times.
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