Name: David Austin Butcher
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E4
Home of Record: Marion, OH
Birth Date: June 20, 1950
Death Date: May 8, 1970
Cause of Death: ground casualty multiple fragmentation wounds hostile;
Died in Cambodia at age 19
The body was recovered.
David and I became friends when we were roommates during AIT at Fort Jackson. He was an enthusiastic, energetic guy who seemed to be able to get excited about almost anything. Since he was from Ohio, and I was from Tennessee, you wouldn't think that we would have a lot in common, but we became friends immediately, going into town together when we got a weekend pass, and training together. He became like another brother.
When we both were sent to Vietnam, we continued to correspond until the third week of May, 1970, when I learned that he was one of three of my best friends who died that week in Cambodia.
A lot of good people died in that war. I hope that someday someone will come up with a good reason for it. I do know that that the world is a poorer place because of the losses we suffered at that time.
From a friend,
Thank you for your kind words for my brother. Sunday Oct. 16th, 2011 a memorial tour at Marion Cemetary is being featured. David is an honoree and will have an active service member at his gravesite.
I wish we could have met. I wish you well.
Diana (Butcher) Powers
"I knew Dave for a short time as I was going home june5 1970. When I heard of his death it hit me hard he was a great guy .I still think of all the men I served with."
I grew up with Dave. I was a year younger and a year behind him in school. He was a great young man and always in a good mood and a true friend. I was at his home the day that his family was notified of his death and will never forget that day. I vist his grave quite often now that I live back in Marion, Ohio again. Twenty-eight years in the Marines has provided me an understanding of what it may have been like for him in the Army and Vietnam. He was taken from us to soon. He would have been a great father, husband and neighbor. That you all for providing your thoughts and comments. It was a pleasure to vist .