UPDATE – The funeral service planned for Cpl Billy Joe Butler has been moved to First United Methodist Church in Kerrville due to the abundance of community support.
The service is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26 and a procession will happen afterward.
The procession will take Cpl. Billy Joe Butler to Nichols Cemetery by traveling down Thompson to Hwy 27 west.
KERRVILLE – After dying in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp in 1951, 19-year-old Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler has been accounted for and is expected to be returned to his hometown of Kerrville for a proper burial.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Butler was killed during the Korean War in Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea, also known as Hofong Camp. On March 15, 1954, Butler was declared deceased as of January 27, 1951, by the U.S. Army.
DPAA also stated that Butler’s body was one of the 55 boxes that were said to have contained the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War that North Korea turned over to the United States on July 27, 2018, during the summit meeting.
Scientists were able to confirm Butler’s identity using anthropological analysis along with circumstantial and material evidence and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.
Officials in Kerrville have announced that the community is welcome to attend this week’s plans to honor the soldier.
On Tuesday, July 23, at the Kerrville City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Blackburn will be giving a proclamation for the family of the deceased. A procession and law enforcement escort of Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler will take place on Wednesday, July 24, in Kerrville at around 12:30 or 1:00 p.m., when Butler’s body arrives in town.
A visitation will also take place on Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Kerrville Funeral Home.
The following day, on Friday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m., Cpl. Billy Joe Butler will be laid to rest at Nichols Cemetery.
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