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(courtesy of Jon Dials)

Memorial marker at Antioch Cemetery
Swansea (Lexington County), South Carolina contains a line of engraving that reads "Int. at Gaston First Baptist"

(courtesy of "Geezers")
Grave marker at First Baptist Church Cemetery, Gaston (Lexington County), South Carolina has a small 82d Airborne insignia separating his dates of birth and death. It is also noted that his wife Marjorie followed him in less than two years time.

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 29, 1944.