AUGUSTA, Maine – A soldier with Maine ties was killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to Gov. John E. Baldacci.
Spc. Andrew L. Hutchins, 20, was a military policeman serving with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky. According to Pete Rogers of the state Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Hutchins’ hometown of record is New Portland. He said Hutchins was a graduate of Carrabec High School in North Anson and that he and his wife were expecting their first child.
Spc. Hutchins’ mother lives in Waltham and his father lives in Leeds. His wife plans to stay in Maine with her mother until Spc. Hutchins’ funeral.
“As Veterans Day approaches, we are painfully reminded that our country remains at war, and that our men and women in uniform are still called to duty for their country,” Baldacci said in a prepared statement. “Spc. Hutchins’ death is a terrible tragedy for his family and all who knew him. We honor his sacrifice and his memory, and will keep his wife and family in our prayers.”
Baldacci spoke with members of Spc. Hutchins’ family earlier today.
“His father told me that Spc. Hutchins was wounded earlier, but he wanted to return to Afghanistan to be with his buddies,” Gov. Baldacci said. “Spc. Hutchins is a hero and deserves our gratitude.”
Baldacci will order flags flown at half-staff on the day of Spc. Hutchins’ funeral.
Spc. Hutchins is the second person this month with Maine ties killed in Afghanistan. Marine First Lt. James R. Zimmerman, 25, died Nov. 2. A memorial service is planned for Lt. Zimmerman on Nov. 11 in Houlton.