|Thomas A. Hutchings
A short biography
|It is difficult to write about Thomas A. Hutchings. What most people know is that writing is a passion for him. His last professional work was as a syndicated columnist for the Saigon Business Weekly (Doanh Nhan Saigon Cuoi Tuan). His articles were translated into Vietnamese and were found in diverse places from Viet Nam to Thailand and beyond. He is a former Op-Ed contributor for a newspaper in his former California hometown and he has written other short stories.
Equally difficult to write about Hutchings is anything regarding his personal life. He is a private person choosing not to share many of his life's events with friends and family. When living in Saigon, he could be found sitting alone writing on his laptop at his favorite table in Sheridan's Irish Pub in the heart of Saigon. He still prefers to shun conversation.
|Hutchings lists Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway as extraordinary authors who have influenced his own writing. A small library in his home includes Greek tragedies, Goethe and Shakespeare.
Thomas A. Hutchings is an Air Force veteran of the Second Indochina War; commonly called the War in Viet Nam. He flew on 126 combat missions, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.
Hutchings has written a novel entitled Tears of Tay Ninh. It is a historical fiction that takes place in Vietnam (see the book's description elsewhere on this website). He also wrote the novella, Mendicus, which is the story of a homeless veteran and his struggles.
What we do know is this: Hutchings is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He says a qualification for membership in these two organizations is a tacit description of his life's story.
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