Milt Von Mann Papers

1950-1956, 1991
Manuscript Collection #659
Von Mann, Milton L.
Physical description
0.024 Cubic Feet, 8 items , including copies of correspondence, citations, and an article, and a newsletter.
Preferred Citation
Milt Von Mann Papers (#659), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1950-1956, 1991) including correspondence, citations, an article, newsletter, activities of Korean war, medals for heroism at camp, etc.

Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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

Source of acquisition

Gift of Dr. Milt Von Mann

Processing information

Processed by Z. Anishanslin, July 1995

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Von Mann, Milton L., 1930-2010
Corporate Names
Lincoln County (Ship)
United States. Marine Corps--Medals, badges, decorations, etc.
United States. Navy. Underwater Demolition Teams--History
Assassination--Korea (North)
Bronze Star Medal (U.S.)
Inchon Landing, Inchʻŏn, Korea, 1950
Korean War, 1950-1953--Amphibious operations
Marines--Medals--United States
Targeted killing--Korea (North)