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Name Miltonberger, Butler Buchanon, 1897-1977
Born 08/31/1897
Birthplace North Platte, Nebraska
Father Miltonberger, Ira Luke (1854-1919
Mother Buchanan, Jennie M. (1854-1944)
Notes Butler Buchanan Miltonberger was born on August 31, 1897, at North Platte, Nebraska. Ira Miltonberger, his father, was a former Lincoln County sheriff.

B. B. Miltonberger graduated from North Platte High School in 1916 and began his military service as a private in June 1916, when the National Guard was mobilized during the Mexican border dispute. During World War I, Miltonberger fought with the 4th division in the Argonne, returning to the United States as a First Sergeant. As a civilian, he worked in North Platte as a postman. He also engaged in bridge building, surveying and road construction work. On May 12, 1923, he was commissioned a First Lieutenant, and a year later was promoted to Captain. He commanded Company "D" of the 134th Infantry Regiment. From then until May of 1944, Miltonberger trained his regiment for combat at Ford Ord and Camp Luis Obispo, California; Camp Rucker, Alabama; and Camp Butler, North Carolina.

In May of 1944, Miltonberger, known to his friends as "Butts," led his men overseas as Regimental Commander. With the regimental motto in mind, "All hell can't stop us," he led his troops (mostly Nebraskans) through eighteen months of service at St Lo, Vire, Mortain, Mortargis, Nancy, Morhange, Sarreguemines, Bastogne, Alsace, Venlo, Geilenkirchen, and the Elbe River. In 1945, Miltonberger was promoted to Assistant Commander of the 35th Division. When the war ended, he was assigned to special duty with the War Department personnel section. He was among an elite group of officers who accompanied Eisenhower during his welcome home ticker tape parades in New York City, Washington, and Kansas City. Miltonberger remained close friends with Eisenhower until the latter's death in 1964. In 1946, President Truman nominated Miltonberger to be Chief of the National Guard Bureau with the rank of Major General. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 1, 1946, but he was forced to retire due to ill health on August 1, 1947.

During his military career he distinguished himself by earning the Combat Infantryman's Badge; the Mexican Border Campaign Ribbon (1916-1917); the Victory Medal with one Bronze Star (World War I); Occupation of Germany Ribbons (World Wars I and II); an American Defense Ribbon; a European Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars; a Victory Ribbon (World War II); and the French Legion of Honor; the French Croix De Guerre with Palm and Fourraguerre; the Netherlands Order of Orange-Nassau; the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre; and the United States Distinguished Service Medal.

After his retirement, he divided his time between his family home in North Platte, and Lincoln where he was a member of the State Engineering staff. On March 23, 1977, at the age of 79, Miltonberger died relatively obscurely at his lakeside cabin outside of North Platte. He was survived by three children and his second wife, Caroline.

RG3558.AM: Butler Buchanan Miltonberger, 1897-1977
Role Military
Spouse Miltonberger, Caroline (1916-1977)
Deceased 03/23/1977
Deceased where North Platte, Nebraska

Associated Records

Image of 6090-8-(1) - Medal, French; Croix de Guerre, Presented to Col Miltonberger, 1945

6090-8-(1) - Medal, French; Croix de Guerre, Presented to Col Miltonberger, 1945

This is the French Croix de Guerre with palm and bar. It was presented to Col. Miltonberger at Munchen-Gladbeck in March, 1945.

Image of 6090-35 - Cap, USA, Ofc, Dress; Made for Col Miltonberger in 1941

6090-35 - Cap, USA, Ofc, Dress; Made for Col Miltonberger in 1941

Made for Col Miltonberger in 1941. U.S. Army Infantry Officer's Dress. The top is dark blue with light blue side, gold bands, gold oak leaf embroidery on bill, eagle insignia.

Image of 6090-41 - Holster, Reg. U.S.; Brown Leather

6090-41 - Holster, Reg. U.S.; Brown Leather

Holster For US Model 1911 Pistol, US Issue, Brown Leather with Cavalry Hanger addition. Stamped "PCC D / J.D." on back, US Embossed on Front Flap.

Image of 6090-5 - Walking Stick, Presentation; Miltonberger, 1945

6090-5 - Walking Stick, Presentation; Miltonberger, 1945

This is a walking stick in the form of a miner's hammer. It has an engraved steel head with an inscription in Dutch. It was presented to Col. Miltonberger by the members of the 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry, while the Regiment was fighting in Holland in March, 1945.

Image of 6090-10-(1) - Medal, USA, Silver Star

6090-10-(1) - Medal, USA, Silver Star

This is the U.S. Silver Star with bar. It was awarded to Col. Miltonberger for action in the vicinity of Morhange, France.

Image of 6090-30 - Badge, USA, Combat Infantryman; Of Gen. Miltonberger

6090-30 - Badge, USA, Combat Infantryman; Of Gen. Miltonberger

Of Gen. Miltonberger, U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge