To All Hildenbrand Family Members:
This is the beginning of our Project -- Dear Cass, I Love You.
This will take you through history of World War II as seen by
Cass and Dutch and the Hildenbrand family through the letters Dutch wrote to Cass during the war including some of her
responses, beginning with her first letter to Dutch written the day he left for basic training thru the
end of war � there are over 300 letters. The letters take you from basic training through the Battle of Casino
in Italy, where he was taken prisoner of war, including a number from the period during which he was a prisoner of war.
Also, it will include documentation about all of Dutch�s brothers -- Eric (Marine Corps), Rudy (Air Corps),
and Herby (Navy). There will be documented events thru this period of time, Dutch�s capture, Eric�s final battle, Rudy as
gunner on a B-17, the Flying Fortress, and Herb in the Navy. This book will include the whole prisoner of war book he wrote
during his capture at Stalag 11b [see the movie starring William Holden -- its called Stalag 17].
Each week I will try to add more letters and photos.
�lone wolf� [FORMALLY THE GODFATHER]