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Branch: Air Force
Theatre: World War II / Korea / Vietnam

Heber M. Butler joined the Army Air Corps right out of high school. He was sent to North Africa in 1943 in a group of 24 replacement pilots. Only eight returned home. He flew 64 combat missions from North Africa in twin-engine P-38 Lightning fighters. After the war, he joined the Air Force Reserve. When the Korean War erupted, Butler was called to active duty. He flew 35 combat missions in an F-86 jet fighter against Soviet-built MIGs, the first time in history jets fought jets. Later in Japan he flew newly repaired planes to test their airworthiness. He also flew a combat mission as well as transport flights during the Vietnam War. Butler’s military career spanned 33 years.

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Selections are only based on the nominee's military service
Nominees do not have to be alumni or associated with the university in any way. Each year, the committee selects eleven honorees based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Selections are only based on the nominee's military service.