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Hildegarde S Molnar


WAC Staff Sergeant Hildegarde Molnar, from California, was a court-martial stenographer with IX BC's Judge Advocate General's team -which could sentence US servicemen to two years' detention for simply being found asleep on duty. Her wartime diary, edited as "Dear Sergeant Honey" by daughter Ceil Stetson, is probably the best published account of the Americans' time at Marks Hall. It also chronicles her romance with 'Scotty' (later her husband), including their seaside trysts at a Clacton guesthouse, and records trips with colleagues to favourite hostelries in Colchester and, 'over the hill', Coggeshall ('Coggie' to those at Marks Hall).

'Hildie', who won the Bronze Star for her work, describes sleeping in a hut in woods close to the mansion and being woken by air-raids - noting on February 19th 1944, after an attack the previous night: Almost fell into a bomb crater near infirmary.

April was quieter, Hildie depicting a peaceful bike ride: We watched a beautiful long
sunset as we rode along. It was lovely springy weather and daylight until after nine.


Associated Place

  • Marks Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Marks Hall's estate was requisitioned in 1941 for the construction of Earls Colne airfield (USAAF Station 358). ...


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Date Contributor Update
20 September 2020 01:32:52 decwriter Changes to middlename, service number and awards

NARA file verified Service No. and BSM from Hq. 9th Bombardment Division in 1945.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2019 14:31:39 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography and place associations

"Marks Hall at War" wall chart.