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Interim 1920 - 1940 - U.S. Navy

Carlton Barmore Hutchins

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1920 - 1940
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Navy Seaplane PBY-2 No. 0463 (11-P-3)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 2, 1938
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: off California Coast, California, USA

For extraordinary heroism as the pilot of the U.S. Navy seaplane PBY-2 No.0463 (11-P-3) while engaged in tactical exercises with the U.S. Fleet on 2 February 1938. Although his plane was badly damaged, Lt. 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Carlton B. Hutchins
Medal of Honor Recipient Carlton B. Hutchins
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details:

    Presented to his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Hutchins

  • Born: September 12, 1904, Albany, Albany County, NY, United States
  • Died: February 2, 1938, Off California Coast, at Sea Pacific Ocean
  • Buried: Remains not recovered.

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