Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler

Coordinates: 26°17′50″N 127°46′59″E / 26.297360°N 127.782983°E / 26.297360; 127.782983
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Marine Corps Base Smedley D. Butler
Okinawa, Japan
MCB Butler logo
TypeMilitary base
Site information
Controlled byUSMC
Site history
In use1955–present
Garrison information
Frank E. Garretson
GarrisonIII MEF

Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler (or simply Butler Marine Base) is a United States Marine Corps base located in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. It was named after Marine Corps Major General and twice Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler.


Camp Smedley D. Butler is actually a collection of facilities and satellite installations spread throughout Okinawa. Camp Smedley D. Butler was formerly called Camp or Fort Buckner, named for Army General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., who commanded ground forces in the invasion of Okinawa and was killed in the last days of the battle. The renaming of Buckner to Butler occurred after most U.S. Army troops left Okinawa, and the base was transferred to the USMC. It is ironic that a foreign military base was named after General Butler as he strongly believed that the military should be limited, by law, to operating within 200 miles of the coastline.[1]

Camp Location
Camp Gonsalves Kunigami and Higashi
Camp Schwab Nago
Camp Hansen Kin
Camp McTureous Uruma
Camp Courtney Uruma
White Beach Uruma
Camp Shields Okinawa City
Camp Foster, formerly Camp Zukeran (1980) Ginowan
Camp Lester, formerly Camp Kuwae (1980) Chatan
Camp Kinser Urasoe

Additionally, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (including satellite Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield) and Marine Wing Liaison Kadena, while not part of the Camp Butler complex, shares many resources with it. Other Marine installations in Japan include Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and Camp Fuji.

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  1. ^ Butler, Smedley. War is a Racket. LCCN 35004638.

26°17′50″N 127°46′59″E / 26.297360°N 127.782983°E / 26.297360; 127.782983