Hutchings, Roger, LT

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant
Current/Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1974-1976, NAVCOMSTA Wahiawa
Previously Held NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Service Years
1954 - 1976
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Lieutenant
Lieutenant


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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
Post 2461, South Denver PostNavy League of the United States
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2461, South Denver Post (Member) (Denver, Colorado) - Chap. Page
  2012, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

RV'ing and Bass fishing


   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)US NavyUSS Fulton (AS-11)USS Skylark (ASR-20)
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Truxtun (DLGN-35)USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838)ATG (Faculty Staff) Yokosuka, FTG WESTPAC (Faculty Staff)
Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) - staff onlyUSS Point Defiance (LSD-31)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)NAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCS
  1954-1954, EM-0000, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1954-1957, EM-0000, USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154)
  1956-1958, EM-0000, USS Laning (APD-55)
  1958-1959, EM-0000, Broken Service
  1959-1960, EM-0000, USS Fulton (AS-11)
  1960-1962, EM-0000, USS Skylark (ASR-20)
  1962-Present, EM-0000, USS Skylark (ASR-20)
  1963-1963, EM-0000, (EM) Electricians Mate Nuclear Field A School
  1964-1964, EM-0000, Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Prototype Course (Student), Goose Creek, SC
  1964-1965, EM-0000, Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Prototype Course (Student), Goose Creek, SC
  1965-1966, EM-0000, USS Truxtun (DLGN-35)
  1966-1966, EM-0000, USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838)
  1966-1967, ATG (Faculty Staff) Yokosuka, FTG WESTPAC (Faculty Staff)
  1967-1967, Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) - staff only
  1968-1969, USS Point Defiance (LSD-31)
  1969-1970, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1969-1975, 000X, USS Point Defiance (LSD-31)
  1974-1976, NAVCOMSTA Wahiawa
 Military Association Memberships
Post 2461, South Denver PostNavy League of the United States
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2461, South Denver Post (Member) (Denver, Colorado) - Chap. Page
  2012, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page


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Reflections on LT Hutchings's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
MY naval story is I grew up an only child in a dysfunctional family in a suburb of Cleveland OHIO.
My best friend Bob Neer kept me sane and now is one of my shipmates on TWS, but back than I never had the motivation or the encouragement to stay
Roger Hutchings, LT - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
in and finish high school, so in the 10th grade I quit high school and joined the navy . After four years and convinced that I hated the navy I got out and went home to Ohio After 1 1� years and completely bored, I reenlisted knowing that I was going to do 20 years and get a commission. I than advanced rapidly and after completing nuclear power training, the promotions came, E5 to E9 to Warrant Officer to LDO and after 22 years and 7 ships, to retired as Lieutenant. At every opportunity I encourage young people to consider a career in the navy! I have to admit that I often wish I had completed 30 years as I probably would have made LCDR if not CDR and given more service to our navy! The person who influnsed me was CDR Bob Rule the XO of the Point Defiance, as he was always encouraging me as I advanced from CWO2 to LDO and qualifying as OOD underway on the PD bridge.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Roger Hutchings, LT - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
SUPREME COURT RLIMG
My path was out of Boot Camp at great lakes, as SR, 22 years took me to E-8 to t E-9 to W1 to LDO LTJG to LT
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
I want
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
My fondest memory was my duty on the USS Point Defiance LSD 31during the Vietnam war. This was my final ship in my career and my first ship as a commissioned officer. and was able to qualify as OOD under, way and OOD formation steaming and Command Duty Officer in Port. Also have great memories Of XO Bob Rule my room mate Ron Powell and a great Chief Engineer, Bob Ferrel. Some of the ships ops were a little scary but but i will always remember my time on the PD as a growing time for me! In retrospect I only regret not staying in for over 30 years to experience how high I could advance! My least favorite was my first ship LST 1154 as I came onboard as an EMFN rrady to take on my duys as aEletrican and found instead mess cooking for six months and tham compartment cleaning before i found my way to the electric shop!A;sp old chief Roberts in his ways turned me from a wise ass kid into a man!

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