RIP Jan 30, 2014

Name: Leland Louis Hildebrand
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 03 June 1938 Butternut WI
Home City of Record: Fifield WI
Date of Loss: 18 December 1971
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211000 North  1061700 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident: Kenneth Wells, Returnee

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. UPDATE - 02/97 by the P.O.W.
NETWORK, Skidmore, MO with material provided by Colonel Leland Hildebrand,
USAF RET. 2023




Dave Bakke: POW bracelet still meaningful
The State Journal-Register
By DAVE BAKKE Donna Bowers was a teenager in the early 1970s, when she received her POW bracelet. The name on the bracelet was Col. Leland Hildebrand.

Jan 3, 2014

Lee Hildebrand passed away this morning at the VA hospital in Denver.  Jim died of
progressive esphasia, an incurable disease.  Here is the information passed by the family to
all NAM-POWs:

COL Leland L. Hildebrand, USAF (Retired) passed away on 30 January 2014 in Denver,
Colorado at the age of 75 years.  Leland was born in Butternut, WI on 3 June 1938.  His
family of 11 children lived on a farm.  He entered the USAF on 25 July 1958 as an Aviation
Cadet.  He was a veteran of over 27 years and served in the Vietnam War based in Thailand. 
He was captured in North Vietnam on 19 December 1971 and held in POW camps until 28
March 1973.  His Air Force career took him to numerous countries around the world and he
flew in six different airplanes from the vintage RB-50 and C-54 to the then modern F-4.  His
flying career ended in 1971 and after graduate school he worked in the USAF
Comptroller/Information Systems career fields.  Leland retired from the Air Force on 1
December 1985 and then was employed with Electronic Data Systems in the Washington
D.C. area for 12 years.  He travelled to all 50 states in the U.S.

Leland received his High School diploma from the American School, Chicago, IL, a
Bachelor of Science  (BS) at the University of Omaha, NE, and he earned a Master's Degree
of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 

COL Hildebrand earned the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze
Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, two Commendation Medals, Purple
Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, and eight additional medals and ribbons.

Leland is survived by his beloved spouse, Evelyn, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and
eight grandchildren.  He is also survived by four sisters and three brothers.  His Father and
Mother predeceased him as well as two brothers and one sister.  He is also survived by
hundreds of relatives and many friends. 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Denver Veterans Affairs Hospital Chapel at 1055
Clermont St, Denver, CO, Funeral Mass on Monday, 3 February at 1100.  Interment will be at
Arlington National Cemetery.  Memorial prayers will be at the gravesite at a date to be


Funeral is Friday, 20 June 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery.  Location and time:
Post Chapel @ 1245 hours.


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