Hail and Farewell
Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honor to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’.
-Gaius Valerius Catullus
Dr. Thomas Joe "Tom" Hildebrand,
MSG (Ret), US Army Special Forces
We lost Tom to natural causes on August 27, 2021. Tom grew up on a farm in Seymour, Indiana with his three siblings, After graduating from Seymour High School in 1977, Tom joined the US Army Special Forces. Tom trained to be a Special Forces Medic and paramedic and was also a weapons expert, ski instructor, Army Ranger and much more. The Army wanted him to go to West Point, but Special Forces was where Tom wanted to be. He traveled the world on different missions and served as a Team SGT for a detachment. Tom was stationed in Lebanon and Somalia, and he helped Kurdish refugees escape danger over mountainous territory during Desert Storm in Iraq and even ran a vital field hospital.
Funeral Date: Saturday, September 04, 2021
Funeral Location: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, Celebration of Life Service will be at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10792, N. County Road 210 E., Seymour, Indiana, 47274
Clergy: Pastor Steve Wood of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Seymour, Indiana.
Burial: St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery (Borchers) in Seymour, Indiana .
Visitation: 11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10792 N. County Road 210 E., Seymour, Indiana, 47274.
***** A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at a later date. *****