US Army POW Cpl Billy Joe Butler Laid to Rest in Kerrville, Texas
On Friday July 26th the Texas SAR Hill Country & Southern Command Color Guard of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution was honored to participate as the Color Guard in the Funeral Services to pay our Last Respects to Army Cpl Billy Joe Butler as he returned Home to Kerrville, TX from POW Camp Hofong, North Korea.
Billy Joe served in Charlie Company, 2nd Engineering Combat Battalion. His Company was overrun by the advancing Chinese forces and Billy Joe was captured on Nov. 28th 1950, he died in captivity as a POW on Jan 3rd, 1951 at only 19 years old. Billy Joe’s remains were returned home this week as one of the 50 servicemen returned by North Korea in negotiations with President Donald J Trump.
Billy Joe received full Military Honors with services provided by Chaplain Major Scott W. Thompson US Army. There was an overflow in attendance for his Funeral Services at the First United Methodist Church of Kerrville, TX with thousands of Texans lining the route for the Funeral Procession to the Nichols Cemetery where Billy Joe Butler was laid to Rest.
Present from the Texas SAR were:
Pat Blackburn, Bourne Chapter
Frank Rohrbough, San Antonio Chapter
James Clements, Texas SAR State Secretary, Patrick Henry Chapter Austin
Robert Hites, Patrick Henry Chapter Austin
Gerald Irion, Hill County Chapter Kerrville
Bob Smith, President of Hill County Kerrville
Blair Rudy, William Hightower Chapter New Braunfels