James C. Hutto was born on January 31,
1929 in South Carolina. When he was 19 years old he enlisted in the Army
on December 7, 1942, exactly one year following the infamous attack on
Pearl Harbor. whether that fact was even in his mind is unknown.
Jim volunteered to become a
parachutist and soon found himself making the trip from Ft Jackson, SC
to Camp Blanding, FL. HE competed jump school at Ft Benning GA and
the regiment moved on to camp Mackall, NC for advanced training,
By the end of the year the regiment boarded the USAT JAMES PARKER to
begin a 12-day crossing of the North Atlantic to the UK. Once
arrived they underwent five months of preparation for the day they would
meet the enemy.
That day came. It was June 6, 1944 and
became known as D-Day. James and thousands if other men jumped
from low-flying aircraft
Sgt James C. Hutto received the Bronze
Service Arrowhead device for his participation in the Normandy assault.
He also was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound sustained on June