ECU | Joyner Library | Special Collections | Digital Collections
ECU Digital Collections Banner

Milton P. Fields Papers, 1941-1995, undated

Manuscript Collection #754

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

Title: Milton P. Fields Papers
Creator: Fields, Milton P.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers [1945, 1948] including correspondence, photographs, a map, a phase chart, 2 poems, courts martial, etc.
Extent: 4.5 Cubic feet, 4 boxes, 251 items, containing 240 photographs, a map, a Japanese phrase chart, two poems, courts martial, and other miscellaneous items.

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

Accessions Information

January 21, 1998, ca. 225 items; Photographs and miscellaneous documents of photographer stationed aboard the USS SARATOGA during World War II. Gift of Mr. Milton P. Fields, Rocky Mount, N.C.

February 8, 2000 (addition 1), 19 items, 0.022 cubic feet; Correspondence, photographs, prints, clippings, documents and printed materials related to the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-3) during World War II in the Pacific Ocean, including a copy of an affidavit of Stefan A. Yarady, an airman captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war, 1943-1945; and copies of the "Saratoga Log," Vol. 1, no. 1 - Vol. 4, no. 1, January 1992 - January 1995, a newsletter edited and published by John Fry, of San Diego, CA, for veterans of the USS SARATOGA. Gift of Mr. Milton P. Fields.

July 27, 2004 (addition 2), 205 items, ca. 1.57 cubic feet; Photographic prints and negatives (1943-1946) taken, developed and printed by the donor during his World War II service as a Photographers Mate (2C) aboard USS SARATOGA (CV 3); and as a student at East Carolina Teachers College, ca. 1946-1950; also ECTC Tecoan volumes, 1946, 1948. Gift of Mr. Milton P. Fields.

September 10, 2004 (addition 3), 1 item, ca. 0.003 cubic feet; Photographic print (ca. 1943-1946) of an aerial view of the USS SARATOGA (CV 3), Sepia. 9.25" x 6.75". Gift of Ms. Brittney A. Campbell.

October 9, 2006 (addition 4), 2 items, ca. 0.003 cubic feet; Photocopied manuscript of Sara: The Story of the USS SARATOGA (CV-3), ca. 1924-1946, Lt. B.J. Richards, ed. (n.p., [1946?]). 23.5 x 30.5 cm. Notes: Original blue hardcover with gold printing and silhouette of CV 3 and original map missing. Names and addresses of crewmembers in photographs indicated in margins of text by the donor. Gift of Mr. Milton P. Fields.

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

Milton P. Fields Papers (#754), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Milton P. Fields

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services.

  • Processed by Dale Sauter, October 2013.


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

Milton P. Fields was born in Halifax County, N.C., in 1926 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a photographer. After the war, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and graduated in 1949 with an AB in English. He later attended Emory University and Wake Forest University earning a doctor of laws in 1953. That same year Fields was admitted to the bar in North Carolina. He served as a prosecuting attorney in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1958 and the following year he and partner(s) established Fields and Cooper Law Offices. Fields' practice area is general civil litigation.

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

The main component of this collection is that of the photographs and negatives (circa 1943-1948) taken by Milton P. Fields. Most of the positive images have corresponding negatives; however, there are some negatives without matching positive images.

The aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA, where most of Fields' work in this collection was concentrated, is the focus of many photographs, which were taken from shore, aboard ship, and from aircraft. Of significant interest are the pictures that were taken on the SARATOGA during a kamikaze attack at Iwo Jima on February 21, 1945, in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Photographs of this event focus on action taking place on the flight deck. There are photographs picturing the damage on other parts of the ship as well. Newspaper articles that report the kamikaze attack at Iwo Jima in February, 1945, and the SARATOGA's arrival in San Francisco at the end of the war later that year are also included. Some of the operations of SARATOGA in the Pacific Ocean were photographed from aircraft flying overhead showing beach invasions and bombing raids on Eniwetok Atoll, Tanambogo and Gavutu islands, Florida Island, and others. An assortment of photographs show operations on the flight deck with SARATOGA's aircraft, other flight deck operations, and shipboard life.

Photographs of other ships include the USS HAMMONDSPORT (sea plane tender, July 1942), HMS VICTORIOUS (launching aircraft), Destroyer Escort DE-407 USS SHELTON, Destroyer DE 447 USS ALBERT T. HARRIS, USS GREENWOOD, a light carrier; USS NORTH CAROLINA (August 1943), Cruiser USS SAN DIEGO (June 1943), a tanker, and a Japanese warship.

Photographs of high ranking U.S. Naval personnel include former Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Admiral Raymond Spruance, Admiral Sherman, and Admiral William F. Halsey. Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Senator Al Gore, Sr., are pictured as well.

Other topics represented in the images include a U.S. Navy photo school, Camp Andrews, harbor scenes, USO entertainment, U.S. warplanes taking off and landing on Saratoga (includes “barrier crash” of TBF-1), score of damage by airplanes on Japanese targets, warplanes on ship deck, unidentified people (civilians in U.S.), scenes of Clinton, N.C. (1947), scenes around Navy yard and docked ship, crew with cameras, various shots of warplanes sinking into water when practicing landing on ship, the Navy General Office and two ship crews with corresponding ships unnamed (with names of crew members on back), a USS SARATOGA crew ski party held at Mt. Ranier (1945), the wedding of a prominent African American Greenville physician (1948), and three oversized photographs (ca. 1948) featuring views of East Carolina Teachers College in Greenville, N.C.

Printed materials include a map of one of SARATOGA's voyages in the Pacific Ocean, a cartoon drawing, a copy of a sketch of a battle at sea by Gilbert Bundy, an unsigned artist's rendition of SARATOGA under attack, a Japanese word and phrase list, and a weekly accounting of the cost for the general mess on SARATOGA. Also included is a poem about the SARATOGA, a poem titled "My Alma Mater," general court martials for photographer’s mate first class David Kieffer and seaman first class Harold W. Albright (1945), a congratulatory memorandum from A. B. Betsger, Commander, U.S. Navy, to Chief Photographer “ZIMMERMAN” for the fine photography work of his men aboard the SARATOGA (1945), and a copy of an affidavit of Stefan A. Yarady, an airman captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war (1943-1946). Also in the printed materials are two editions of the East Carolina Teachers College year book, the Tecoan (1946,1948); a blank registration form for Yorktown CV10 Reunion (1984); twelve issues of the Saratoga Log, a newsletter edited and published by John Fry, of San Diego, CA, for veterans of the USS SARATOGA (1992-1995); photocopies of Sara: The Story of the U.S.S. Saratoga [CV-3] with names and addresses of crewmembers in photographs indicated in margins of text by the donor (ca. 1924-1946); and two pages from a book entitled “I Was a Kamikaze” by Ryuji Nagatsuka, photocopy, with notes by Fields on back (undated).

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

Jump to a section?

Series 1:
Printed Materials
Series 2:
Photographic Materials
  • Box 2#0754.2 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#0754.2.a (1 item  digitized)
      Negatives with corresponding positive images. (For reference, see positive image descriptions.) Photo numbers 111-112, 119, 121-122, 124-126, 129-130, 132, 191, 233, 235, 242-243 248-249, 251-252, 254, 256, 258-259, 261, 263-264, 266, 268-272, 276, 278, 281, 329-330, 333- 336, 339-343, 357-359, 360-369, 394-416, 425-430, 432-447.
    • Folder b#0754.2.b (1 item  digitized)
      Negatives without corresponding positive images. U.S. Navy Liberty, various seaman, Navy Photo School (photo numbers 373-378), unidentified woman (photo number 379), airplane crash (photo numbers 381-382), ship seaman (photo numbers 383-386), Camp Andrews (photo numbers 387-389), servicing a plane, band on flight deck, M.P. in lab, M.P. and Gilbert playing checkers (photo numbers 390-393), USS Saratoga ski party at Mt. Ranier (photo numbers 394-447, 1945), outdoor scene (photo number 448), man with camera (photo number 449), sailors boarding trolley photo number 450), Milton Fields with movie camera (photo number 451, 1944), harbor scene and unidentified people (photo numbers 453-466), harbor scene (photo numbers 467-468), round building (photo number 469), palm tree (photo number 470), East Carolina Teacher’s College (photo numbers 477-478, 1948).

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.

What is this page? Click here to learn more abou this webpage
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. To see what's been digitized in this collection, please click on the "View Digitized Objects" link, or look for hyperlinks in the container list
ECU Centennial Logo

Finding Aids for Special Collections and University Archives

© 2002-2011 Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Contact Us ° Digital Collections
Feedback Form
Feedback Analytics