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In Memory of U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class

Randolph Scott Hutchinson

Timber Lake, South Dakota, Dewey County

October 31, 1945 — December 30, 1966

Killed in Action in Vietnam

  

Randolph Scott “Randy” Hutchinson was born October 31, 1945, at Wakpala, South Dakota. His Lakota name was “Mahto Kinajin” Standing Bear. Later, his mother, Edna, who had been a WAC during WW II, married Innocent Goodhouse, a veteran of WW II and Korea. Randy’s family grew to include five sisters: Alice, Johanna, Emma, Carmine, and Josephine, and three brothers: James, Ricky, and Kenneth. Randolph attended Wakpala schools, Edison Junior High in Sioux Falls, Denver Colorado Academy, and Timber Lake High School. He graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1963. After high school, Randolph moved to Ohio where he later Randolph married Doris Bradley, of Alaska, in Cleveland in 1965. Randolph and Doris had one daughter, Irma Louise (Dixie) who was born while he was overseas, so they never got to see one another.

Randolph Hutchinson entered the service in March of 1966. He was sent overseas to Vietnam in August of 1966, as a Private First Class in the Marine Corps.

Private First Class Randolph Scott Hutchinson was wounded in a “near direct hit by artillery fire” on December 28, 1966, “near the 17th Parallel, just below Dong Hai.” He later died of his wounds on December 30, 1966. His body was returned to the United States. A funeral service was held on January 11, 1966, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wakpala. Later that day, he was buried at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church Cemetery with military honors.

Among his awards were the Vietnam Service Award, the Vietnamese Citation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. Randy’s parents, the late Reverend Innocent and Edna (Foster) Goodhouse are buried at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

In closing, his sister, Carmine, wrote, “I was only nine years old at the time of his death but it changed our family forever.” I will remember the service and sacrifices of Randolph Hutchinson, “Mahto Kinajin” Standing Bear.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Brook Paulsen, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 28, 2006. Information was provided by the Timber Lake Topic, including the January 12, 1966, issue. Additional information, photos, and profile approval provided by Carmine Goodhouse, sister.

 


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