b. 12/09/1904 Albany, New York. d. 02/02/1938 California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/02/1938 Southern California.
Hutchins was born in Albany, New York, September 12, 1904, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926. After serving on battleship Pennsylvania until 1928, he underwent flight training at the Naval Aeronautical Station in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a naval aviator in February 1929. During the early 1930s Hutchins flew fighters from Saratoga, scout planes from Concord, and studied aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
In 1937, he served with a seaplane squadron in the Caribbean and in November was transferred to Patrol Squadron 11 based on the tender USS Langley (AV3). During fleet exercises February 2, 1938 off the coast of southern California, Lieutenant Hutchins' seaplane collided in mid-air with another PBY.
Lieutenant Hutchins lost his life in the crash and received the Medal of Honor posthumously.
Although his plane was badly damaged, Lieutenant Hutchins remained at the controls endeavoring to bring the damaged plane to a safe landing and to afford an opportunity for his crew to escape by parachutes. His cool, calculated conduct contributed principally to the saving of the lives of all who survived. His conduct on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.
BURIAL LOCATION: BODY LOST AT SEA.
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