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Milt Von Mann Papers, 1950-1956, 1991

(Manuscript Collection #659)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Milt Von Mann Papers
Creator: Mann, Milt Von
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: 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.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Dr. Milt Von Mann

Processing Information

  • Processed by Z. Anishanslin, July 1995

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Thomas, E. S. (ca. 1950, 1956)

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.--MILITARY--Marine Corps--Training--1956
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Covert Operations--1951
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS LST-898
  • WAR--KOREAN--Amphibious Operations
  • WAR--KOREAN--Battles--Inchon

Date Entries :

  • 1950-1956

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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