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Butler, Dennis Pvt. 2nd. Bn., 17th. F. A., Battery D. K.I.A. 6-23-18

Grave of Dennis Butler, 17th Field Artillery Private Dennis Butler, 17th Field Artillery
FALLEN SOLDERS OF
ADAIR ARE HONORED
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Civic Memorial Meeting for
Boys Who Died in Battle.
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STILLWELL, Okla., Aug. 11—(Special.)—Adair county today paid tender tribute to her soldier dead, Privates Dennis Butler of this city and Bill Ketcher of Watts, word of whose deaths in action in France was received during the past week. The exercises were held in a grove near the city and were attended by two thousand people from all parts of the county.

Congressman W. W. Hastings of Tahlequah delivered the eulogy. Services were also held for Richard Sellers, a fullblood Cherokee, who died at Camp Travis, Texas, while in training. Members of his tribe were present in large numbers. The Rev. John B. Acorn preached an eulogy in Cherokee language.

Newspaper memirial of Dennis Butler, 17th Field Artillery

Dennis Butler - First Casualty from Adair County

Word was received Tuesday of the death of Dennis Butler, who was killed in action in France the 23rd of June (1918). He is the first of Adair county's boys to lose their lives. The telegram received Tuesday from military authorities, was addressed to his mother, Mrs. Boas Starr, and stated that her son was killed in action in France. He was with the field artillery volunteering into service at Tulsa in December last year, and has been fighting with the American army in France since February this year. [Source: "Standard Sentinel" 1 Aug 1918]

A.E.F. Batt D 17th Field Artillery. Killed in France. He was finally buried September, 1921, with family attending, including his brother Ross; and his sister, Myrtle(Alberty), in his hometown.

The American Legion Post in Stilwell, Oklahoma bears his name.

Information contributed by Dennis & Laura Basinger Family

 
War Diary of 2nd.Bn.17th.F.A.(see par.35,F.S.R.) Date June 22,1918.
Organization From Hour To Hour Dist: State of Supply 11:59 P.M.
Bat."C" 3102 rds.with batteries
Bat."D"     — — — — —  
   
1 plus 2 reserve ) With 1 reserve Rations) In Supply
1 day's Forage   ) troops. 1 reserve Forage ) Train.
   
23 Officers) Available
465   Men ) for duty.
Weather-Rain in morning-In afternoon,
Vis. Fair.
Captures-Losses--None Roads-Very good Health-Very good
  Camp-Very good-sanitary.
 
Hour: Appendix No.: Chronological
11.10-18.20 Bat."C",on 81.56,98.34,80.58,88.28,58.62, harassing, 75 rds.
15.00 Bat."C",on 66.61,five rds.adjt.
20.00 Bat."C",on unimproved roads N.W. Epaux,20 rounds interdiction.
22.15 Bat."C" on 79.15 interdict.20 rds.
22.45 Bat."C",on 92.46,interdiction,10 rds.
21.00-24.00 Bat."C",on 71.53,75.44,81.34,Gonetrie ferme 90.315,84.22,harassing and interdiction, 50 rounds
11.10-18.20 Bat."D",on 81.56,98.34,81.56,80.58,88.2858.62, harassing 75 rds.
14.30 Bat."D",on 57.62,adjustment & neutralization, 32 rds.
16.00 Bat."D",minnemwerfers vicinity of 72.32, neutralization 35 rds.
20.00 Bat."D", on unimproved roads N.W.Epaux,interdiction, 50 rounds
19.30 Bat."D",on 46.48,harassing, 8 rds.
21.15 Bat."D",on 64.55, harassing, 20 rds.
20:00-24:00 Enemy fire - in region. of Bn. C.P. and Bat. "D" 100 H.E.various calibers.
 
(Sgd) E.T. Barco
Capt.& Adjt. 2nd Bn. 17th F.A.
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War Diary of 2nd. Bn.17 F.A. (See par.35,F.S.R.) date June 23,1918.
Organization From Hour To Hour Dist: State of Supply 11:59 P.M.
Bat. "C"       — — — — — 3589 rds. with batteries
"D"              — — — — —  
1+2 reserve Rations) With 1 reserve Rations)In Supply
1 day's Forage        ) troops 1 reserve Forage ) Train.
23 Officers) Available Weather-Fair-visibility Fair
467 Men   ) for duty Roads-Very good-Health-Very good
Losses Men-K.2 Camp-Very good-sanitary
 
Hour: Appendix No.: Chronological
9.00-14.10 Bat, "C" on 88.78,67.50,72.32,67.48 & 69.52. harassing 85 rds.
16.00-16.20 Bat."C" Gonetrie Farm adjustment 11 rds
22.00 Bat."C" on Monthiers interdiction,25 rds
23.40 Bat."C" on Givry,interdiction, 35 rounds
15.35-19.20 Bat."D",72.32,67.48, 76.57 & 88.28 harassing 45 rds.
15.30-19.00 Bat."D", on Bois de Belleau, adjustment & interdiction, 114 rds.
23.20 Bat."D",on 95.28, neutralization 25 rds.
24.00 Bat."D",on 903.32,neutralization 25 rds.
6:30 a.m. Pvts.R.J.Leisert and Dennis Butler,Bat."D" killed by enemy shell fire at Battery position.
12 mid.-7.00 a.m. Enemy fire-200 H.E. various calibers,zone fire on region occupied by Bat."D" and Bn.C.R
 
Sgd) E.T. Barco,
Capt.& Adjt.2nd Bn. 17 F.A.
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War Diary of 2nd Bn. 17 F.A.(see par.35,FSR)Date June 24, 1918.
Organization From Hour To Hour Dist: State of Supply 11:59 P.M.
Bat. "C"       — — — — — 3589 rds with batteries.
"D"              — — — — — 1 + 2 reserve Rations) With
  1 day's           Forage )Troops.
23 Officers) Available 1 reserve Rations)In Supply
463 Men   ) for duty. 1 reserve Forage ) Train.
Weather Fair - visibility Good. Losses Men W. 2.
Roads Very good. Health Very Good. Camp Very good - sanitary.
 
Hour: Appendix No.: Chronological
10:30-13:25 Bat. "C" on 86.26, 77.32, 67.50 & 91.30, harassing 100 rds.
13:25-19:40 Bat. "D" on 89.28, 72.32 & 76.57, 50 rds.
21:00-24:00 Bat. "C" on Watson #2,4,5,6 & 10, 31 rds. harassing.
21:00-24:00 Bat. "D" on Cole #2,4,5,6 &10, 22 rds. harassing.
20:55 Bat. "C" on Chateau Belleau, adjustment 40 rds.
18:30 Bat. "D" on Chateau Belleau, adjustment, 26 rds.
15:10 Pvts. H. Hallman & R. Hogoboon, Hq. Co. (Bn. Detail) wounded by enemy shell fire 77 m.m. H.E. while repairing telephone line.
During day enemy executed harassing fire on region occupied by 2nd Bn. 200 rds. H.E. various calibers.
 
(Sgd) E. T. Barco,
Capt. & Adjt. 2nd Bn. 17 F.A.
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Records Of The Second Division (Regular) Volume 8; Operation Reports — War Diaries
Second Division Historical Section, The Army War College, Washington, D. C.
 
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