Milt Von Mann Papers, 1950-1956, 1991

Manuscript Collection #659

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Milt Von Mann Papers
    Creator: Von Mann, Milton L., 1930-2010
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1950-1956, 1991) including correspondence, citations, an article, newsletter, activities of Korean war, medals for heroism at camp, etc.
    Extent: 0.024 Cubic feet, 8 items , including copies of correspondence, citations, and an article, and a newsletter.
  • Description

    The collection focuses mainly on Von Mann's activities during the Korean War (1950-1952). Correspondence in the collection includes a memo from Commander Amphibious Group 1 to Task Force 90 forwarding commendatory dispatches from General MacArthur, Admiral Sherman, Admiral Radford, and Vice Admiral Joy (September 26, 1950); two memos concerning Von Mann's recommendation for personal award by his commanding officer (October 20, 1950); and letters signed by Secretary of the Navy E. S. Thomas awarding Von Mann a Combat Action Ribbon with three battle stars for meritorious service during the Korean War (October, 1950), and the Navy Marine Corps medal for heroism at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina (June 26, 1956). A copy of Von Mann's award of the Bronze Star for meritorious service in the Korean War is included as well (1950).

    Also included in the collection is an issue of the newsletter of the Tennessee Korean War Memorial Association (December, 1991) which contains an article by Von Mann, "Aboard the USS LST-898," concerning the Inchon Invasion, and a copy of another article by Von Mann, "Death Rides the High Tide" (July 4, 1991), describing the successful assassination mission against a North Korean general carried out by Von Mann and two others in March of 1951.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Milton L. Von Mann was born in 1930, joined the U.S. Navy in 1948, and subsequently served two tours of duty in the Korean War as a member of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), with a ten-month hiatus as quartermaster-signalman aboard the USS LST-898. While aboard the USS LST-898, Von Mann was wounded and decorated for valor during the invasion of Inchon, Korea (September, 1950). After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Von Mann attended Virginia Technical College, was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, and subsequently became a high school teacher and assistant football coach for Antioch High School in Tennessee and a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 9, 1993, 8 items; Correspondence, citations, and miscellany pertaining to World War II naval duty. Gift of Dr. Milt Von Mann, Brentwood, Tennessee.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dr. Milt Von Mann

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Milt Von Mann Papers (#659), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Z. Anishanslin, July 1995

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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