This weeks topic is “Military/Fathers Day”
MSGT Elijah Larue Hutchins USAF, Father 4 MAR 1930 – 14 NOV 1985
I don’t remember my father very well. During my early child hood he was in the Air Force and either stationed abroad or working and we would be moving every few years as he was reassigned, and I just don’t remember having much of a relationship between us. When he retired after 26 years I was the rebellious teenager and we never really communicated very well. He started his own business and was always working again it seemed.
He was born March 4th 1930 in Savoy, Texas. He moved with the family to Grand Prairie. Texas abt 1946.
When I started my genealogy hobby I wanted to find out more about him so I ordered his Military Service File. Any veteran on direct next of kin can request a copy.
And boy was I surprised what I got. a 1 inch stack of his military career in no discernible order some duplicates and not the easiest to follow.
He enlisted in the Air Force on 14 MAR 1947 in Dallas Texas, shortly after his 17th birthday. He was in the 10th grade. He went through basic training and Stenographer Typing school in San Antonio. He was originally assigned to MacDill AFB, but was attached to Lowry AFB, Colorado then to Ft. Warren, Wyoming. Finally Discharged from Forbes AFB Kansas 10/49.
He reenlisted and volunteered for foreign service. He shipped out to Japan. He spent a year in Japan, 7 months in Pusan, Korea October 1950 to May 1951 and another 8 months in Japan. Returning to California January 1952.
Somehow between being stationed in California and Austin he met and married my mother on 19 Oct 1952.
He ended up at Laughlin AFB Del Rio in 1958. There my brother and sister were born. The family moved to Germany when he was stationed there in December 1960 and I was born in Berlin September 1961.
Cub Scouts in Berlin
We returned to the US December 1963 stationed at McConnell AFB Wichita Kansas.
Desert Strike I was always curious about theis picture and could never get any information about it. Operation Desert Strike was an exercise in the Mojave Desert between Nezona and Calonia.
The Family returned to Grand Prairie while he was stationed in Thailand from September 1966 to August 1967 during the Vietnam War. The next assignments were Sioux City Air Base Iowa 1967-1968, Perrin AFB Sherman, TX 1968-1970, and finally Ellington AFB 1970-1973 when he retired and returned to Grand Prairie for the last time.
Top Row: Air Force Commendation, Air Force Good Conduct, Army Good Conduct, Army of Occupation Japan, National Defense Service, Korean Service.
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary, Outstanding Unit/Small Arms Expert Marksmanship, Air Force Longevity Service Award/Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service.
Third Row: United Nations Korean Service, Republic of Vietnam Campaign.
In the center is the Master Sargent Insignia.
He retired from the Air Force June 29th 1973 after 26 years of service.
After he retired he started his own business of Office Identification and Graphics and retired from there in 1983 and went fishing.
My father died November 14 1985 after a long battle with cancer. One of the things he wanted was to have a military funeral. I have always been disappointed about the way it turned out. They only sent 4 pallbearers instead of 6, taps was a recording instead of a live bugler,and it was more of an 18 gun salute than 21 due to misfires. One thing that did surprise me though was our pastor was a retired chaplain and was in uniform for the service.
I hope my relationship with my son is closer. I think it is but like father like son we tend to keep our emotions and thoughts close to the chest.
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