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Charles D. Butte Collection

Identifier: MS-2587

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The Charles D. Butte Collection, 1921-2003 (bulk 1940-1948) contains his personal diary of his military service in 1947 and 1948. The collection also contains a history of his wife, Velma, a World War II WAVE and her lifetime military career. The histories of James Robert Bennett and Carmen Charles Gisi are included. In addition to these records, Butte has included the history of the 603 Quartermaster Graves Registration Company and Hall of Fame Recommendations. These documents contain articles, photos, statistics and notes. Finally, the collection contains one floppy disk and several compact discs that hold all of Butte's research and writing.


  • 1921-2003 (bulk 1940-1948)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


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The Charles D. Butte Collection, 1921-2003 (bulk 1940-1948), consists of diaries, memoirs, and histories of the 603rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (QM GR CO) that served during and after World War II. This collection extensively covers the activity of the QM GR CO, and the diaries give insight to the experiences shared by its members. The collection also includes several compact discs and a floppy disk that contain electronic copies of the printed information.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles D. "Bud" Butte was born on March 17th, 1921 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1943, becoming a part of the 603rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company in Europe. He participated in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in service after World War II ended, serving across the globe in various capacities. He retired from military service in the 1960s but continued to remain active in organizations, reunions, and championing the history of the quartermaster. Butte died on August 21st, 2010, following his wife of 62 years, Velma Butte. She served as a WAVE in World War II and also had a lifetime military career. Both Charles and Velma are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Charles D. Butte in June, 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA