Do you know the story of Alyn Butler?

Roseville group hosts memorial ceremony to honor local hero
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In 1939, the U.S. military returned the remains of Alyn Butler - the only local man killed in action in World War 1 - to Roseville for burial with full military honors.

The local post of the American Legion changed its name to Alyn W. Butler Post 169 in 1922 to honor the fallen hero. But then, Butler's story was lost to many Roseville residents.

During the last week of May, his great-grandson Harry Butler walked Vernon Street at lunchtime and asked about 50 people if they knew who Alyn Butler was - but not one person did.

A group from the American Legion post is organizing a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to remember Butler. The event is free and open to the public and honors the sacrifice made by the man 94 years ago. The ceremony will be held at Butler's gravesite.

Born in Penryn in 1898, Butler moved to Roseville with his mother in 1906. He graduated from Roseville High School and got a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He enlisted for the service two months before his 20th birthday in 1917. He was killed three weeks after arriving in France in September 1918. Two months later, the armistice was signed and the war ended.

~ Sena Christian


Pfc. Alyn Butler Memorial Ceremony

What: Event honors Roseville resident killed in action in World War I

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5

Where: Roseville Community Cemetery, 421 Berry St. in Roseville

Info: Open to the public