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William Frank Butterworth, Jr.

Fireman, Second Class, Navy

Born: September 5, 1925
Hometown: Hopewell City, VA
Casualty Date: October 26, 1945
Died In: off Samar Island, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands

served aboard the USS Samuel B Roberts DE-413. After graduating from Hopewell High School in 1943, Billy found a job at the Old Dominion Water Corporation. He enlisted in the Navy (with the OK from his father) on August 4, 1943 and was sent to the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois for boot camp.

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