Elma, Washington, US
United States Army
SP4, C TRP, 7TH SQDN, 1ST CAVALRY, 1ST AVIATION BDE, Kien Phong Province, South Vietnam, 05/16/1968
A 20 year old Elma and McCleary man, Specialist 4th class Carl Richard Huttula died last Thursday in Vietnam from wounds suffered while attempting to save another wounded soldier near the Cambodian border. Huttula was born in Seattle, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Huttula, of Elma Pharmacy and had lived his entire life on the Harbor. He would have been 21 years of age on 18 August.
He attended Elma schools and was graduated from Elma High School with the class of 1965. He was prominent in sports and was a member of the Elma High School state championship basketball team in 1964. He also served as a member of the high school Student Council. He attended Shoreline Community College in Seattle and was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Elma where he had served as acolyte for 11 years.
He joined the Army in August 1967, and was a co-pilot with a helicopter. He received his specialist 4th class rating last April. During his career with the Army he was the recipient of several air medals.
Surviving are his wife Terry in McCleary; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blake Huttula in Elma; a brother, Thomas B. Huttula in Elma; sisters, Janice Carol Huttula in Spokane, and Catherine Elizabeth and Mary Beth Huttula in Elma; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Carl Louis Auer in Seattle: paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Huttula in Elma; an uncle Pastor Thomas Louis Auer in Montana and numerous other relatives.