Herbie's room was added, although we do not have much in it at this time. We also added photos and documents in
I started this site two years ago [with help]. Terry's secretary typed all the letters
on her lunch break that saved me at least five years of work. Thanks again Dolores. I also put in many links so make
sure you go through all of them because that's a very important part of story and world war II .
When you think you're having problems just think of cass -- her brother-in-law killed, husband missing
in action, the other brother-in-law flying missions on a B-17 and her other brother in the army. Cass had two children
at that time, Kathy, a year & half, and Carol, only five months old, and was back living with her parents. Dutch
left a wife with two children he loved dearly and wasn't even able to bring the baby [Carol ] home from the hospital. Dutch
went over to north Africa in November 1943 after only six months of training. He got more training in
North Africa preparing to fight in the Italian campaign. Dutch went to Italy in early Jan.and was captured
Jan 21 1944. I believe he only spent a week fighting the Germans. At that time, he had only eight months
of service I heard when the commander said who wants to go to the cassino, Dutch was first with his hands
up jumping up and down saying me- me - All kidding aside, go to the links on Battle at Cassino. Dutch
was one of the first hundred of the troops of the 36th to get over the the river and the rest of the 36st failed
-- they couldn't make it because the Germans blew up the bridges and the small boats leaving only about a hundred
to fight 1,000 Germans. Also, go to Rudy's room and check out his service record and Eric's epic on the USS
McKean -- the day the Hildenbrands lost a limb from family tree. I know some things are confusing because
i also get confused. But basically, Dutch was in basic training from June to November 1943; from Nov.1943 to Dec
1943 he was in North Africa; from Jan.1 1944 to Jan. 21 Italy, and then was captured on January 21, 1944. During Feb.
1944, all Cass knew was that he was missing in action. Cass found out he was captured in March 1944.
Dutch was liberated in April 1945, and discharged in Oct 1945.
P.S. I personally thank him for SURVIVING THE WAR so his tree can florish.
The THE LONE WOLF [Formally THE GODFATHER]
A new "Cast of Characters" page, which is still in progress, has been added, as have Janaury and February 1944 letters.
Documents for Eric have been added. To enlarge documents, click on the thumbnail.
New photos have been added for Rudy and Pre-war Hildenbrand
The entire Prisoner of War book has been added.
We have added several more months, as well as letters from Rudy,
We have added memorials. Go to Family Plot page. If your family
member is not included, it is because we were unable to locate a memorial card. If you have a memorial card or news
clipping/obituary for your loved one, please send me one in the mail or scan it in and email it to me and I will add it.
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]
All letters from June and July 1943 have been added.
Letters from August
1943 have been added.
Here I will add an entry whenever I make an update to my web site. Where
appropriate, I'll include a link to the change.