HILDEBRAND, LELAND LOUIS RIP Jan 30, 2014
Name: Leland Louis Hildebrand Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4 Unit: 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 Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Kenneth Wells, Returnee Refno:
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. 2014
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LELAND L. HILDEBRAND Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: December 18, 1971 Released: March 28, 1973
I was born 3 June 1938 at Butternut, Wisconsin and graduated from high school in Chicago, Illinois May 1956. I entered the USAF as an Aviation Cadet 25 July 1958 completed Navigation Training and was commissioned 6 July 1959.
Hildebrand trained and served with: 363rd TRW at Shaw AFB South Carolina until August 1962 (W/RB-66). 7167th ATS and 1455th ATS at Rheinmain AFB until August 1965 (C-54 C-118). 1371st Mapping and Charting Squadron and 1st Aerial Cartographic and Geodetic Squadron at Turner AFB and Forbes AFB until March 1971 (RB-50 C-54 C-118 RC-135). 4455 CCTS at Davis-Monthan AFB through September 1971 and 13th TFS Udorn Royal Thai AFB until disaster 18 December 1971 (F-4D). Completed my Bachelor Degree requirements at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bootstrap TDY January 1970.
Air Force assignments took him to more than a dozen locations around the world flying bomber, transport, reconnaissance, MedEvac, and fighter aircraft, and later in Staff Officer assignments. Official travel took him to many exotic places in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the South Pacific. Places like London, Paris, Lisbon, Rome, Beirut, Moscow, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Berlin, Vienna, Athens, Madrid, Ankara, Tripoli, Naples, Nice, Tehran, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Asmara Ethiopia, Santiago Chile, Caracas Venezuela, Bogota Columbia, Monrovia Liberia, American Samoa, and of course, Hanoi. U.S. assignments were in Texas, California, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Of his more than 27 years active service, over nine years were spent outside the U. S.
After attending F-4 Combat Crew Training at Davis-Monthan AFB AZ in 1971, he was assigned to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn AB, Thailand. On 18 December 1971, during his 20th mission, his F-4 was downed while flying MIGCAP for a rescue mission. Then a Major, he spent more than 15 months as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. He was released in March 1973. Subsequent assignments included Graduate School at the University of Arizona; the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center in Denver; Director of Cost and Management Analysis, HQ USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany; Comptroller, Ogden Air Logistics Center, and Director, Logistics Management Systems, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. Col Hildebrand retired from the Air Force in December 1985.
After his Air Force retirement, Col Hildebrand took a position with Electronic Data Systems in EDS' Federal Government Group. During his last four years with EDS he worked directly with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) guiding the development of information systems to support the delivery of health care to the Armed Forces. He retired from EDS on 31 January 1996.
Colonel Hildebrand is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.
He is a master navigator with nearly 5,000 flying hours. Among his military awards and decorations are the: Legion of Merit; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star with V device; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Air Medal with oak leaf cluster; Prisoner of War Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Purple Heart; and Vietnam Service Medal with six bronze stars.
Colonel Hildebrand married the former Evelyn McClam of Lake City, South Carolina, on 8 October 1960. They have two sons, Leland and James, and two grandchildren. He and his wife live in Vienna, Virginia but they are planning a move to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in mid-1996.
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 determined.
Funeral is Friday, 20 June 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery. Location and time: Post Chapel @ 1245 hours.