my cousinPosted on 5/24/15 - by lesleyI 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 cousinPosted on 5/24/15 - by lesleyDokie 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 oftenMORE
Final Mission of 1LT Richard L. ButtPosted on 6/30/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgThe 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 pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]MORE
Can’t Place the Name but the Fate is FamiliarPosted 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.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/30/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear Captain Richard Leigh Butt, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
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