Dear Sergeant Honey
Publisher: Infinity PublishingISBN: 0-7414-4745-2Price: $19.95404 Pages
Read the review from Midwest Book Review, December 6, 2008
"Dear Sergeant Honey" is a collection of true-life letters and diary entries of WAC Hildegarde Molnar who served overseas in World War II. Edited by her daughter Ceil Stetson, Dear Srgeant Honey is at once a love story, a historical primary source of World War II, and a window into wartime joys, trials, and tribulations. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrates this unforgettable testimony of a woman who faithfully served her country."
Read the review from the Military Writers Society of America
Dear Sergeant Honey
By: Ceil Stetson
Publisher: Infinity Publishing-2008-$19.95
Reviewed by: Claudia Pemberton
It's not often that a reader is privy to the intimate writings of an individual's diary and/or personal letters,
but on the rare occasion that they are, it can make for a reading experience like none other. Such is the
case of Dear Sergeant Honey.Unlike an autobiography, this compilation of diary entries and letters offers a glimpse into a past that is neither
embellished nor retold by way of an imperfect memory. It is told in perfect recollection on a day by day basis.Dear Sergeant Honey is an impressive and rare collection of a personal account of World War II as told by
a woman who actually lived it. Staff Sergeant Hildegarde Molnar, a member of the Women's Army
Auxiliary Corps during World War II brings us along on her distinguished and unique military (and personal)
journey from Basic Training in February, 1943 to her return home September of 1945 with stops everywhere
in between. While stationed in England, Hildegarde meets her husband to be, Staff Sergeant Grandon Scott. Grandon was
also serving in the Air Force at the time. The two later married and since both of them were ranked as sergeants,
they would begin their letters to one another with the greeting, "Dear Sergeant Honey." Their catchy salutation
now serves as the perfect title for Hildegarde's memoir.Hildegarde was one of an elite group of women soldiers who was permitted to wear combat ribbons for her
involvement in the war. Also for her "Meritorious service in direct support of military operations," WAC
Staff Sergeant Hildegarde Molnar was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star Medal. After her passing in 2001
at the age of 86 her daughter, Ceil Stetson discovered the treasury of letters and entries and compiled them
for publication.The book, although serious in context, has some humorous moments intermingled with the touching and
somber recounting of a world war with intricate details as told from a rare perspective at the time. . . a female
soldier's perspective.WW II buffs will find Dear Sergeant Honey fascinating; historians will find it
enlightening; women will find it empowering; and soldiers will find it authentic.Read the article below. We sell our book at Reader's Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite, Arizona. We participate in the Author's Fair in January and February. See you in 2013!
Dear Sergeant Honey has four parts:
Hildegarde Molnar Scott
This photo was taken in early 2000 while she was living at Pacific Inn in Torrance, California, just before I moved her closer to me in Minnesota. This photo is on the back cover of the book.
This site is dedicated to the men and women of the Greatest Generation especially the WACs of the 9th Air Force who served in the ETO during World War II. My mother was one of those WACs and her story will be unfolding on these pages.
I'll be frequently adding pictures and information to this site about the WACs, WWII, and the 9th Air Force.
My mother's name was Hildegarde Molnar and she was a WAC with the 9th Air Force during WWII. She kept a daily diary (yes, every day) about her activities and wrote wonderful letters home, to her friends, and to Scotty. I have never seen such detail in WWII letters about the WACs. What they wore, what they ate, how they lived, basic training and life as a WAC is in entertaining and touching detail. Her letters, diaries, souvenirs and other items are my family's treasures. I worked on her diaries and letters for the five years to condense, but not to change, her words. I am merely the editor, she is the writer.
Dear Sergeant Honey