Allied Warships

USS Butler (DD 636)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 636 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down16 Sep 1941 
Launched12 Feb 1942 
Commissioned15 Aug 1942 
End service8 Nov 1945 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-29 on 15 November 1944.
Heavily damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft 25 May 1945 off Okinawa, 9 of her crew were lost.
Decommissioned 8 November 1945.
Stricken 28 November 1945.
Sold 10 January 1948 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Butler (DD 636)

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1Lt.Cdr. Mitchell Dudley Matthews, USN15 Aug 194217 Sep 1944
2T/Cdr. Robert Messinger Hinckley, Jr., USN17 Sep 19448 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Butler include:

16 Dec 1943
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with USS Butler (T/Cdr. M.D. Matthews, USN), USS Doran (T/Cdr. N.E. Smith, USN) and USS Gherardi (T/Cdr. N.R. Curtin, USN). (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 173/18094

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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