Fallen soldier and local hero Cpl. Rhett Allen Butler will be forever memorialized when the city of Glen Rose officially dedicates a city street in his honor this Saturday, May 10.
City staff and councilors welcome the community to attend the unveiling of the new Rhett Butler Drive signs and pay tribute to the United States Army soldier who lost his life on July 21, 2007 while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. adjacent to America’s Best Value hotel, located between Van Zandt Street and US Hwy. 67.
Within months of the soldier losing his life while serving his country, Glen Rose city councilors chose to rename a Rodeo Drive after Cpl. Butler during their Oct. 8, 2007 meeting to memorialize the young man for making the ultimate sacrifice.
Cpl. Butler, 22, was killed near Khan Bani Sa’d, Iraq when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near a vehicle he was traveling in during a routine operation. He was assigned to the Army’s 2nd Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wa. in January 2006 before being deployed to the Middle East.
A 2003 graduate of Glen Rose High School, Cpl. Butler attended local schools for 11 years before moving to Lago Vista, Texas, and weeks later, transferring back to GRHS the fall of his senior year.
He enlisted with the Army on July 29, 2004 and completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. Serving as a calvary scout, Cpl. Butler reported to Fort Lewis on June 26, 2005 and was later assigned to the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, also known as the Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Upon his death, the local soldier was promoted to corporal from SPC by U.S. Army officials.
Cpl. Butler was born Oct. 17, 1984 in Clifton, Texas and was laid to rest at Squaw Creek Cemetery in Somervell County.
While serving in the military Cpl. Butler received the Army’s Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Service Ribbon, along with the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Cpl. Butler is the son of Dr. David Butler, of Lago Vista, and Sereta Ramsey, of Bremond. He is also survived by step-mother Janice Butler, of Lago Vista; two sisters, Shayre Strickland and husband Fred Jr., of Cristoval, Texas, and Shauna Conway, of Glen Rose; step-brother Jarrett Ganer, of Houston; step-sister Melissa Ganer, of Lago Vista; grandparents Kay and John Butler, of Atlanta, Ga., and Jackie and Ernest Drake, of Glen Rose. Grandparents Lecile and Sammie Marcie Williams Stewart preceded him in death.
For more information regarding the street dedication ceremony, contact Glen Rose Town Hall at 897-2272.