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Erie-co Youth On Battleship
Berlin Heights, May 19 – Arthur William Hildebrandt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hildebrandt of Berlin Heights who joined the U.S. Navy last June, has completed his course in electrical engineering and has been assigned active duty aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, flagship of the Pacific fleet. He completed his 30 week course in a record time of 24 weeks and was graduated with the highest honors in his class.[The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, OH) – Friday, May 20, 1932]

Hildebrandt Gets Purple Heart for His Navy Service
Wilson Hildebrandt, U.S. navy, has been awarded the Order of the Purple Heart for meritorious service in active duty, it was learned through his family in Berlin Heights. Hildebrandt has been in seven navel battles in the South Pacific area, participated in the African invasion and was on convoy duty. He was on two destroyers which were sunk. One went down at Guadalcanal, and he spent five weeks there trying to get transportation back to the United States, according to his sister, Mrs. Lewis Green. He finally booked passage as far as Esperitos Santos, where he stayed for five months. While there , he flew as tail gunner on a B-17, and was credited with four Jap Zeros. He has been wounded in action and spent some time in a hospital. He also has been hi t by machine gun fire. Hildebrandt and his wife, who resides in California, are visiting his mother, Mrs. Edna Hildebrandt in Berlin Heights and other relatives. This is the first leave he has had since enlisting in the Navy four years ago.[The Sandusky Register Star-News (Sandusky, OH) – Thursday, July 8, 1943]


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