(US ARMY RETIRED)
Eldest son of the late Big Island Fire Chief, James K. Hussey Sr./Mary Ann Hussey,
born and raised in Hilo, attended school in Hilo and Honolulu.
Served with Hawaii National Guard in Hilo & with 442nd/100th Battalion US Army Reserve in Honolulu, then served 34 years in the US Army throughout US, Europe, Middle East, Panama, Korea & Vietnam, retiring in 1994 as the US Army's Signal Corps Regimental and Post Command Sergeant Major at Fort Gordon, GA.
Served 4 combat tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, 5th Special Forces (Airborne) and P Company, 75th Rangers (airborne). Combat awards include Combat Infantryman's Badge, 4 Bronze Star medals, Humanitarian Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry medal and the Vietnamese Combat Parachutist Badge.
Prominent Career Awards: 2 Legion of Merit, 3 Meritorious Service and 4 Army Commendation Medals and the Army Achievement Medal. The Audie Murphy Medal, the Bronze and Silver Order of Mercury Awards and Distinguished Member of the US Signal Corps Award.
Military education: Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, Recondo, Jungle Warfare and Jumpmaster schools. NCO and US Army Sergeants Major Academies.
Civilian Education: BS from University of New York
MS in Education from Boston University
Retired from 20 Years Congressional civil service in December 2014. Moved back to his native Hawaii to reside in Kailua Kona with his wife, the former Cheryl Marjorie Layh from Sydney Australia. They have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
In Kailua Kona, incoming Commander of American Legion Post 20, member of Kona DAV Chapter 7, VFW Post 12122, Big Island Retired Military Association (BIRMA), Big Island Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Committee, Kona Elks Club, the West Hawaii Men's Gold Club and Makalei Golf Club.
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