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Pvt. Dean Stephen Hauck
1st Army, 9th Division
Company C, 60th Infantry
(Two Pages)

       Dean Stephen Hauck was born on October 7, 1924 and died on a battlefield in Germany on March 26, 1945. While in the Army, Dean wrote home to family, relatives and friends. Most of the letters sent home were saved by his parents, Florence and Louis Hauck. The last two letters were lost when Florence's purse was stolen while she was working at the farm market. The main purpose of this document is to present those surviving letters to the American public for which he so bravely fought.
       Louis and Florence Hauck were married in 1922 and by 1928 owned a 25 acre farm near Curwensville, PA. They had 6 children. Louise, b. 1923, Dean, b. 1924, Henry, b. 1926, Frederic, b. 1930, Ernest, b. 1935, and Gretchen, b. 1937. Henry died at age one year.
       Louis worked at the local brickyard and relied heavily on the family to help with the farm. Dean, being the oldest son took on many of the farm chores and became the likeness of a second father to the younger members of the family. He was energetic, optimistic and generous. He built model airplanes and dreamed of one day having an airplane. He had a strong interest in cars, trucks and tractors, and in 1941 bought a Model T Pickup for use on the farm and a Model A Ford car to drive to school.
       Dean joined the Boy Scouts of America, played the Bass Horn and was a boxer in high school. While still in high school, he was drafted into the service, and immediately following graduation on May 19, 1943, posed for a picture in front of the high school with other draftees before heading for military boot camp. He had a short furlough after boot camp and another before shipping over to England.
        A few days before leaving for camp, Dean removed the body from his Model A Ford car and replaced it with a pickup truck bed. That pickup was given to me and it was used for the next four years to do farm chores. Dean frequently included a reminder in his letters that I should take care of the oil, battery and tires. He started calling the Ford the "Jeep". Dad called it the "Puddle Jumper", but I named it the "Greyhound".

Dean's last picture.  It was taken in Paris

        The US First Army under General Omar Bradley was deployed to England on October, 1943. Dean went to England and caught up to the First Army between December 25 and January 10.
       World War II has been so thoroughly documented that it would be absurd to include details of actual battles in this writing. However, knowing that Dean was in the First Army, 9th Division, 60th Infantry, Company C, it seems fitting to trace the route of the 9th Division during the periods of Dean's service on the battlefield. The reader may choose to read about those battles in greater detail and then, perhaps, appreciate the stark reality of the battlefield compared to the almost nonchalant description portrayed in the "Soldier's Mail".

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