U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Paul D. Butcher (ret.), a Lundale, West Virginia native and 1953 graduate of the Journalism School of Marshall University, was chairman of the Board of Directors of The American Ship Building Company in Tampa, Florida.
Butcher joined The American Ship Building Company as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in May 1991. His career in the U.S. Navy began in 1948 as an apprentice seaman. He was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from Marshall University, and by his retirement he had risen to the rank of vice admiral.
As a commanding officer he was known as a blunt-speaking, demanding workaholic who went to great lengths to get to know the enlisted people on his ships. Prior to his retirement from the United States Navy in 1991, he was Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He held a master's degree from George Washington University and was a graduate of the Naval War College. In 1988 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in human letters by Marshall University and designated in 1989 by his home state as a Distinguished West Virginian.
He died in 1992 in Tampa, Florida. His survivors include his wife, Phyllis; three children, Emily Rose Butcher, Susan King, and Thomas Edward Butcher; two brothers, William and Perry, one sister, Marcella O'Lynn; and three grandchildren.