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Smedley Butler

Born: Jul 30, 1881

Death: Jun 21, 1940

Birthplace: West Chester

Nationality: United States

Smedley Butler

Date of Birth : Jul 30, 1881
Date of Death : Jun 21, 1940
Birth Place : West Chester

Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler is well known for having later become an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government. By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions. In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow Franklin D.

Awards Won


  • Medal of Honor
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Marine Corps Brevet Medal
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