RONALD B. HUTCHINSON, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 18, 1919
Date of death: February 14, 1945
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1941 Hutchinson LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

RONALD BAXTER HUTCHINSON

Washington, D.C.

After Hutch entered the Academy, it was months before even his closest friends found out that he was a Navy Junior. This was not because lie tried to hide the fact, far from it, but because of his friendly and unassuming manner.

Throughout his schooling, Hutch has been very successful in his studies winding up as valedictorian in high school and standing two in the presidential "Compets" for the Academy. His output in ergs was small but his class standing—well, he has stars on his collar. Having spent quite a few years of his life in California, Hutch picked up and became "pretty hot" at two of sunny{?) California's favorite sports—swimming and tennis. Our subject, however, is too inclined to relax to take either of these sports seriously enough to try out for the varsity.

Being one of those affable gents who can get along with the most temperamental of individuals, Ronnie has lots of honest-to-goodness friends and that speaks well of any man.

Tennis 4; Battalion Tennis 3, 2, 1; Battalion Swimming 3; Boat Club 3, 2,1.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.

Loss

Ronald was lost when USS Hopewell (DD 681) was damaged by a large shore battery while operating near Corregidor, Manila Bay, Philippines on February 14, 1945.

He is buried in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. His mother was listed as next of kin.


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