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USS HUTCHINS (DD-476)


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CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 2 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard September 27 1941.
Launched February 20 1942 and commissioned November 17 1942.
Heavily damaged by Kamikaze Aircraft April 27 1945 Off Okinawa.
Decommissioned November 30 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold January 10 1948 to Lerner Co., Oakland, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Carlton Barmore Hutchins was born on 12 September 1904 in Albany, New York. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from that state and graduated in June 1926. As a newly commissioned Ensign, Hutchins served on board the battleship Pennsylvania, then attended aviation courses at the Naval Academy and flight training at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. After receiving his aviator designation in February 1929 Ensign Hutchins was assigned to the aircraft carrier Saratoga, serving with Bombing Squadron Two-B and Fighting Squadron Six-B. In June 1929, he was promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade). In the Summer of 1931, he returned to Pensacola as an instructor. The following year, Hutchins began study at the Naval Postgraduate School and continued his higher education at the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena, from which he received a Master of Science degree. In the Summer of 1934, Lt(JG) Hutchins reported to Scouting Squadron Five-B on board the light cruiser Memphis and transferred a year later to Scouting Squadron Six-B on the light cruiser Concord. In June 1936, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Naval Air Station, Anacostia in Washington, D.C. Hutchins next served with Patrol Squadron Seventeen, operating with the seaplane tender Thrush. In November 1937, he transferred to Patrol Squadron Eleven, based on the tender Langley. On 2 February 1938, while piloting a PBY-2 in a tactical exercise off the southern Californian coast, he collided with another VP-11 PBY-2. Exhibiting courage and coolness, Lt. Hutchins remained at his badly damaged plane's controls, allowing members of his crew to parachute to safety, but was killed in the plane's subsequent crash. For his "extraordinary heroism" on this occasion, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Carlton B. Hutchin's remains were not recovered. Photo #: NH 48987. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Carlton B. Hutchins, USN, photograph taken on 15 September 1934 when he was assigned to USS Memphis (CL-13). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. The painting is undated and artist unknown.Bill Gonyo
Hutchins 82kArtist's conception of the Hutchins as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Hutchins 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Hutchins by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Hutchins 82kLaunching February 20 1942 at Boston Navy Yard.Yucel Umar
Hutchins 91kUSS Hutchins (DD-476) was to be one of the six Fletcher’s intended to have a catapult, but she apparently never had one installed. In this 24 January 1943 photo at the Boston NY, the Hutchins has been restored to a Fleet Destroyer with five 5" guns, two banks of Torpedo Tubes, a twin 40mm gun mount on the fantail and what looks to be 9-20mm guns.Rick E. Davis
Hutchins 107kA close-up view of the USS Hutchins (DD-476) at Boston NY, 24 January 1943, showing where two 20mm guns are mounted where normally a twin 40mm is mounted on top of a superstructure between #53 and #54 gun mounts. Only three Fletchers had this feature for a period during their careers, the Hutchins (DD-476), Pringle (DD-477) and Stanly (DD-478).Rick E. Davis
Hutchins 128kThis 29 June 1943 photo of the USS Hutchins (DD-476) off Pearl Harbor NY shows that two twin 40mm gun mounts have been added amidships to the second stack. The fantail twin 40mm mount has been retained.Rick E. Davis
Hutchins 61kCirca 1944, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hutchins 196kUSS Hutchins (DD-476) underway at sea on 24 February 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107407.Robert Hurst

USS HUTCHINS DD-476 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edwin Warren Herron    Nov 17 1942 - Feb 11 1944
CDR Caleb Barrett Laning    Feb 11 1944 - Nov 30 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Albert Royal Olsen    Nov 30 1945 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carl Morgan
Address: 230 Catoosa Street, Rossville, GA 30741
Phone: (706)866-2252
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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