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Johnnie David Hutchins
Birth: Aug. 4, 1922
Weimar
Colorado County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1943
Lae
Morobe, Papua New Guinea

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Seaman First Class, US Navy on board a landing ship tanker, the USS LST-473. During a landing assault at Lae, New Guinea, on September 4, 1943, his vessel was under enemy fire from shore batteries and aerial bombardment when a torpedo bore down on the ship. The helmsman was dislodged by a bomb blast and Seaman Hutchins was mortally wounded. Fully aware of the dire situation, he grasped the wheel and with his last strength maneuvered the vessel clear of the advancing torpedo. He died of his injuries still clinging to the wheel. For extreme gallantry, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the destroyer escort ship, the USS Johnnie Hutchins, was launched in May 1944. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Marion Hutchins (1895 - 1947)
 
 Siblings:
  Madie Dean Hutchins Linnemier (1919 - 1941)*
  Johnnie David Hutchins (1922 - 1943)
  Elizabeth Hutchins Schmidt (1931 - 2006)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lakeside Cemetery
Eagle Lake
Colorado County
Texas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 29.5751, -96.336
 
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Record added: May 05, 2003
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