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Oral history interview with Jay Dell Butler

Identifier: MSS SC 3180

Scope and Contents

Transcript and audiocassette recording of an oral history interview with Jay Dell Butler conducted by Gary Dewey on July 20, 1985. Butler tells about his experiences in combat fighting in France during WWII. He was in foxholes most of the time, was under fire from mortars, and was wounded in battle. He thought the United States' involvement in the war was justified.


  • 1985 July 20


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Biographical note

Jay Dell Butler was born in Clawson, Teton Valley, Idaho on July 6, 1923. He served in World War II as part of the United States Army and fought in France, where he was wounded and sent home in 1945. He served a mission in Toronto, Canada, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1947 to 1949. Shortly afterwards he married Hazel Carlson on January 17, 1952, in the Idaho Falls temple. Butler spent his life in a variety of jobs, from shopkeeper to custodian for the Driggs Stake Center. He and his wife had five children. Butler died October 12, 2012, in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Biographical / Historical

Gary Dewey conducted oral history interviews with WWII veterans in 1985.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated to Special Collections by Ray Hillam in 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ray Hillam; 1999.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn, Ashley Chase, 2020.

Register of Oral history interview with Jay Dell Butler
Benjamin Sipes
2011 February 24
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States