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James L. Hutton


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James L. Hutton Obituary
Capt. James L. Hutton February 11, 1932 - October 16, 2017 LA JOLLA Capt. James L. (Duffy) Hutton, USN RetiredThe world lost a hero on October 16, 2017, when Jim passed away on the fifty- second Anniversary of being captured in Vietnam. After ejecting from his A-5 Vigilante over North Vietnam on October 16, 1965, he spent 2,676 days as a prisoner of war.Jim was born in Washington, D.C. on February 11, 1932 to Alma (Reuling) and Archibald Hutton. He graduated from Eastern High School, Washington, D.C. in 1950 and received his degree from Wilson Teacher's College in 1954. Jim taught briefly at Woodrow Wilson High School before reporting for active duty in the United States Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, in July, 1955. He received his Commission as Ensign in November,1955 and went on to various naval assignments.In September, of 1964, he was assigned to the USS Independence. He was deployed from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam on May 10, 1965. Jim and his pilot, Lieutenant Commander Jim Bell, were shot down over North Vietnam and spent the next seven and a half years as Prisoners of war. Both were released in February of 1973. After returning stateside, he was sent to the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California for treatment and met Eileen Davany, a Navy Nurse, who was to become his future wife. Jim remained in the Navy for several more years assigned to the Naval Air Station, Miramar. His decorations include; Silver Star, Legion of Merit with combat Valor, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with combat Valor, Air medal with Bronze Star and numeral "2", Navy Commendation with combat Valor, Purple heart with Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation. Jim was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Harry. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, son Michael, and grandson Hunter, as well as his two sisters, Mary Stone, Hollywood, FL and Alma Blake, Plantation, FL, and many nieces and nephews. He was admired by many and will always be remembered as a hero. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on January 22, 2018, at Mary, Star of the Sea Church in La Jolla, California. Burial will take place on the same day at Miramar National Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a reception for family and friends at the "Rockers" Club on the base at Miramar.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Boy's and Girl's Club of America near you or the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 14, 2018
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