MARINE CORPS TANKERS VIETNAM HISTORICAL Foundation's

Vietnam Personal Accounts

Robert Allen Butz, 1st Lt.

Marine Corps - Reserve

Alpha Co., 3rd Tanks, 1965

Submitted by Richard "Dick" Carey

 

1st Lt. Robert Butz

 


 

He was 25 years old at the time of his death.
 

 

Robert was born August 15, 1939 in Easton, Pennsylvania.
 

 

Robert served with A Company, 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.
 

 

Robert died on June 26, 1965 in Quang Nam Province, Republic of South Vietnam.
 

 

Robert's death was a result of drowning when he tried to save his tank crew. 
 

Lt. Butz was leading a armored tank column across the Song Toy Loan River in the area of the Da Nang Air Base, when his tank dropped into a large hidden hole in the river.  Robert was the Executive Officer of A Company serving under Capt. J.B. Donovan.