Full Dress Engineer Officer’s Cap- Brigadier General F. B. Butler


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This company grade bullion full dress cap for an engineer by the name of Butler, purchased this cap from A.H. Dondero, Inc. Washington, D.C. in the 1930’s.  The condition is fabulous, and the workmanship of the bullion is spectacular!.  It truly is one of the finest conditioned caps we have had.  It one were to discuss any flaw, and not really a flaw, would be the very minutest of toning to some of the bullion on the chinstrap.

Sizing label reads 7 1/8.

Butler’s name is written on a paper label applied to the inside crown lining.  Frederic B. Butler, is the only engineer officer in the Army Register from 1936- 41, that I can find. He graduated from USMA Class of 1916, Corps of Engineers, Captain as of Nov. of 1934.  In the ’41 register, he had made major.  He was awarded the DSC while serving with the 34th Infantry Division, in October of 1943.

As it turns out, Butler had quite the distinguished history, particularly in WWII.  He participated in the North African campaign as G-3 in the Advance HQts of II Corps in Tunisia 1943. While in the Italian campaign Butler was promoted to colonel, and commanded the 168th Infantry Regiment in the Invasion of Southern France (Operation DRAGOON), and shortly after as brigadier general in VI Corps, led Task Force Butler into the Battle of Montelimar, in August of 1944.

“On 15 August 1944, an Allied army launched a second amphibious landing against the coast of southern France. The Allies, having shattered German defenses around the beachhead, decided to exploit the chaos in the enemy camp. On 17 August 1944, Major General Lucian K. Truscott Jr., with no mobile organic strike force assigned to his VI Corps, ordered the assembly of and attack by an ad hoc collection of units roughly equivalent to an armored brigade. This provisional armored group (Task Force (TF) Butler) experienced remarkable success despite a dearth of planning, no rehearsals, and no history of working together in either training or combat. This case study examines the success of TF Butler from the perspectives of doctrinal development in the United States (US) Army, the unit’s unique task organization, and the leadership’s employment of the unit in combat. The use of ad hoc formations to meet unforeseen situations was not unique to World War II;     SUBJECT TERMS Task Force Butler, BG Butler, MG Truscott, World War II, Southern France, Operation ANVIL, DRAGOON, Montelimar, Sisterone, Digne, Reiz, U.S. VI Corps, U.S. Seventh Army, Ad Hoc, German Nineteenth Army, Doctrine, Task Organization” 

(This was taken from Major Michael J. Volpe’s Master Thesis for the U.S. Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2007.)

After the war he was manager of the San Francisco International Airport and commissioner for the San Francisco Fire Dept. He served as commander of Camp McCoy May 24, 1951 through Feb. 6, 1952. He retired in 1953.

Great condition and history in one piece.