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state official , army officer

Claire Elwood Hutchin, American army officer, state official. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with 5 oak leaf clusters, Legion of Valor, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; Pennsylvania Distinguished Service award; various foreign, unit and service awards; recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American.


Hutchin, Claire Elwood was born on January 9, 1916 in Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of Claire Elwood and Helen Josephine (Francis) Hutchin.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1938. Graduated from Army War College, 1953.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1938, advanced through grades to Lieutenant general, 1967. Assistant to General of Army Marshall on Presidential mission to China, 1946. Executive officer General Wedemeyer on mission to China/Korea, 1947.

Commanding officer 1st Battalion, 23d Infantry, Korea, 1950-1951. Assistant to Admiral Radford, chairman Joint Chiefs Staff, 1953-1957. Commanding officer 12th Infantry, 1957-1958.

Chief staff VII Corps, Europe, 1960. Director plans and policy Department Army, 1960-1963. Commanding general 4th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, 1963-1965.

Deputy chief staff Pacific Command, 1965-1967, chief of staff Pacific Command, 1967-1969. Commanding general V United States Corps, Europe, 1969-1971, 1st United States Army, Fort George Meade, Maryland., 1971-1973. Retired, 1973; executive director Maryland.

Bicentennial Commission, 1973-1977.


Member of executive board Mount Rainier council Boy Scouts American, 1963-1965, Aloha council, 1965-1969, Baltimore Council, 1971-1980. Member Association Graduate United States Military Academy, Association United States Army, Retired Officers Association, Association United States Army War College.


Married Katharine Porter Steel, June 15, 1938. Children: Katharine Keen (Mistress Ronald J. Menhennet), Claire Elwood III, William Ellis, Marion Belt.

Claire Elwood Hutchin

Helen Josephine (Francis) Hutchin

Katharine Porter Steel

Katharine Keen Hutchin (Mistress Ronald J. Menhennet)

Claire Elwood III Hutchin

William Ellis Hutchin

Marion Belt Hutchin