A column by Mark Bennett in the October 20th edition of the Terre Haute, Indiana Tribune-Star profiles the heroism of Terre Haute's Charles "Hutch" Hutchins, the captain of Borie. Hallowe'en 2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the Duel in the Deep between the crews of Borie and U-405.
Hutch made the fateful decision to ram U-405 at night and in the middle of the frigid Atlantic. The subsequent action earned him a Navy Cross, the U.S. military's second-highest valor award. Before WWII, Hutch was a salesman at Wabash Fibre Box Company. Afterwards, like so many Greatest Generation heroes, Hutch returned without fanfare to his civilian career.
On August 9, I participated in a live virtual event hosted by Fort Knox's Barr Library as part of the U.S. Army's Community Recreation Division. I discussed and answered questions about At War With the Wind. The session was recorded and is now available on YouTube.