President, Monterey County Veterans For Peace
Phillip Butler is a 1961 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former light-attack, carrier pilot. In 1965 he went down over North Vietnam where he was eventually captured and spent eight years as a prisoner of war. He is a highly decorated combat veteran who was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merits, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Heart medals. After his repatriation in 1973, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at San. He completed his Navy career in 1981 as a professor of management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Phil then founded Camelot Enterprises, a management seminar, professional speaking and consulting services business. In 2000 he retired as a traveling professional speaker and consultant. Today Phil is a peace and justice activist and president of Monterey County Veterans For Peace. He mentors and works with incarcerated veterans at the California State Correctional Training Facility in Soledad. He has been a Docent at Point Lobos State Reserve for 27 years. He and his wife Barbara mentor and financially support CSUMB students in the “UROC,” Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center program. Phil lives in Monterey, California where he enjoys golf and playing his piano. Phil’s autobiography “Three Lives of a Warrior” is accessible from his website www.phillipbutlerphd.com.