Cpl OLIN BUTTERFIELD, USMC

Olin Butterfield, of Denver, Colorado ( 1112 Ogden Street), was a member of 77th Company. He received both the Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross.

Cpl Butterfield's DSC citation reads: "For extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 3, 1918. When our advance infantry was forced to withdraw, Cpl. Butterfield's machine gun crew refused to withdraw, but calmly set up their machine gun. The gun was upset by a bursting hand grenade, which also injured Cpl Butterfield and another member of the squad. Despite their injuries they immediately reset the gun and opened fire on the advancing Germans when 20 feet distant, causing the Germans to break and retreat in disorder."


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