James "Duffy" Hutton page 2
HUTTON, JAMES LEO "Duffy"
Name: James Leo Hutton Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O4 Unit: RVAH 1 Date of Birth: 11 February 1932 Home City of Record: Washington DC Date of Loss: 16 October 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211700 North 1074300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C Missions: 28 Other Personnel in Incident: James Bell, returnee Refno:
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JAMES "Duffy" LEO HUTTON Commander - United States Navy, GIB Shot Down: October 16, 1965 Released: February 12, 1973
I was born on February 11, 1932 in Washington, D. C. and attended Eastern High School (Class of 50); graduated from Wilson Teachers College in Washington, D. C. in June 1954 with a B. S. Degree in Education (Biology-Major; Phys-Ed-Minor). For a short time I taught Biology at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D. C. before reporting to active duty in the Navy at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in July 1955.
After receiving my commission as Ensign in November 1955 I spent three months at the Air Ground Officers School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Upon completion of that course I was ordered to Aviation Electronics Officer School at Memphis, Tennessee. After graduation from A.E.O. School, I was sent to VAH-9 at NAS Sanford, Florida, reporting in February 1957. I was then sent to Bombadier-Navigator Training at the Heavy Attack Training Unit, also at Sanford, Florida. I was designated Bombadier-Navigator for A3 type aircraft in July 1957 and deployed with VAH-9 to the North Atlantic in the fall of 1957 to participate in a NATO exercise called "STRIKEBACK." After a nine-month Mediterranean cruise from January to October 1958 we returned to Sanford and I received orders to the Training Squadron, VAH-3 in the Spring of 1959. During that three year tour I was the Phase Head of the Radar-Bombing Phase of the B/N School. Next I was ordered into the pre-commissioning detail of VAH-13 in December 1960 and served as a Plank-Owner in that Squadron until August 1961 at which time I was ordered to RVAH-3, also at Sanford During this tour I qualified in the A5A Vigilante and became Phase Head for all the Navigational, Radar and Bombing systems in the A5A. After about a year in that job I was selected as one of the crew members to be sent to Columbus, Ohio to the North American Plant there to become qualified in the RA5C, a reconnaissance version of the A5 aircraft. Then for the next two years in RVAH-3 I was the A5 NATOPS (Navy Aviation Training and Operational Procedures Standardization) B/N Evaluator.
In September 1964 I reported to RVAH-1 for duty as an RAN (Reconnaissance Attack Navigator) and Squadron Training Officer. Our squadron was part of Carrier Air Wing 7 aboard the USS Independence. We deployed from Norfolk, Virginia to Vietnam on May 10, 1965 the first East Coast Carrier to be deployed to West Pac. My pilot was LCDR Jim Bell, flying an RA5C - who was captured and released with me. We were shot down on the 16th of October 1965 while looking for SAM (Surface to Air Missile) sites in the Haalong Bay area.
I ended up in my in raft in the bay in relatively good shape (torn ligaments in my left shoulder were my only injury). I pulled out my emergency radio to call for help only to have the battery go dead in about 30 seconds. I was captured by a fishing boat with about twelve heavily armed people on board. I checked into the cellblock called "Heartbreak" at the "Hanoi Hilton" on the 17th of October. I was moved to the "Zoo" on Christmas Eve '65 and remained there until September '70, when I was moved to "Camp Faith." After the attempted rescue of Son Tay in November '70, I was moved back to the "Hilton" where I remained until I was released.
During my time in captivity, I designed many homes for two lots I own in the Sanford, Florida area. I also wrote a few poems.
I celebrated my 41st birthday the day before my release and return to freedom. I am a bachelor and plan to stay in the San Diego area for awhile and hope to be assigned at NAS Miramar. My mother, Alma Fugitt lives in Hollywood, Florida. I have two younger sisters, Alma Blake who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Mary Stone, also living in Hollywood, Florida, and an older brother, Harry Hutton, who lives in Lakeland, Florida.
James Hutton retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Eileen reside in California.
His decorations include:
SILVER STAR W/COMBAT 'V' LEGION OF MERIT W/COMBAT 'V' DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS W/COMBAT 'V' BRONZE STAR MEDAL W/COMBAT 'V' AIR MEDAL BRONZE STAR (2) W/COMBAT 'V'