Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: 381st Bomb Group
  • Location of Service: Ridgewell Air Force Base, England
  • Highest Rank: Major

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"Let courage be your password, make fortitude your guide / And then instead of grousing, remember those who died." (Memoir, page 51)

Shot down over Holland in March 1944, navigator Milton Stern was sheltered by Dutch partisans for 10 weeks before being captured and sent to a German prison camp. There he recorded lists of German rations by weight and composed poems to keep up his spirits. Later in the war, he helped "liberate" a shipment of Red Cross parcels that civilians working near the camp were hoarding, gorging himself on the contents in anticipation of his own liberation by the Allies.

More Resources

[ "Kriegie Memoirs of 1944-1945," POW journal ]
[ Letter from Martin J. G. Hols to J. J. Pearce [September 9, 1980] ]
[ Letter from Pax Sherwood to Milton Stern [11 February 1988] ]
[ Letter to Martin J. G. Hols [February 15, 1988] ]
[ Letter to Martin Hols [March 23, 1988] ]

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[ Letter to D. S. Drijver [August 9, 1997] ]
[ Letter to Mr. Stein [March 8, 1988] ]
[ Copy of file card at Stalag Luft I ]
[ Statement in support of disability claim ]
[ "For You the War Is Over," poem from the Kriegie Diary of Milton Stern ]
[ "Combat" and "Thanks for the memories," poems from the Kriegie Diary of Milton Stern ]

About this Item

Title

  • Milton W. Stern Collection

Names

  • VA Healthcare System, New Jersey
  • Healy, Alice
  • Jeanne O'Connell
  • Battle, Lillie
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Stern, Milton W.

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • NJ

Headings

  • -  Stern, Milton W.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Unit of Service: 381st Bomb Group
    • Location of Service: Ridgewell Air Force Base, England
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 09/17/2002)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [ item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- (collected 1944 - 1945)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [6 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Other Manuscript Material [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 03/12/2002)
  • Photograph: Photocopy of Photographic Print [7 items] -- Photograph (collected 1943 - 1945)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 09/17/2002)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 11/08/2006)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 04/20/2007)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002)
  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1348

Cite as

  • Milton W. Stern Collection (AFC/2001/001/1348), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video
  • pdf

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Va Healthcare System, New Jersey, Alice Healy, Jeanne O'Connell, Lillie Battle, National Court Reporters Association, and Milton W Stern. Milton W. Stern Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01348/.

APA citation style:

Va Healthcare System, N. J., Healy, A., Jeanne O'Connell, Battle, L., National Court Reporters Association & Stern, M. W. (1942) Milton W. Stern Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01348/.

MLA citation style:

Va Healthcare System, New Jersey, et al. Milton W. Stern Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01348/>.