Honoring James ``Lee’’ Hutchinsonby Representative Todd C. Young
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. YOUNG of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, today, we honor James ``Lee''
Hutchinson for his service to his country and to his community.
A southern Indiana native, Hutchinson served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during the final years of World War II. After attending training to become a radio operator, Hutchinson shipped out with the 490th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. While serving with the ``Mighty Eighth,'' Hutchinson was aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress; he and his crew executed missions deep within Nazi Germany, and often faced anti- aircraft fire and attacks by the German Luftwaffe.
Hutchinson's numerous awards and commendations include, among others, a World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and an American Theater Service Medal.
He arrived home at the age of 20 and enrolled in Indiana University with a desire to study history and journalism. He pursued further education after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1949, and enjoyed a 37 year career in education in the Bedford-North Lawrence school system.
Hutchinson's experiences in World War II inspired him to author ``Through These Eyes: A World War II Eighth Air Force Combat Diary,'' which chronicled his life in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Hutchinson published three more books that detail memorable moments from his life and highlight his record of service.
An accomplished author, educator, and serviceman, Hutchinson remains involved in his home church. Moreover, he served as the president of the local Rotary Club, and is an active member of his Masonic Lodge.
It is a privilege to award James ``Lee'' Hutchinson with Congressional Commendation, and ensure his story is preserved for future generations.