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    • The First Package from Home

    • Labels
    • This item, a shipping or mailing label, has been taped in Mitchener's diary. It indicates that a package was sent to Mitchener from his mother, Estelle F. Mitchener, of Nashville, Tennessee. The label has a stamp from a U. S. Censor. In his diary...
    • Mother's Sons

    • Poetry
    • This page is a poem, "Mothers' Sons," about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who never see their sons again....
    • Mothers' Sons, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This is the last page of "Mothers' Sons," a poem about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who will never see...
    • It starts, usually, as…

    • Parachutists; Aircraft accidents
    • This image was drawn by Hardy A. Mitchener, Jr. in the diary that he received during his stay at a German prisoner of war camp. It pictures an airman, probably Mitchener himself, falling out of the sky in a parachute. His plane has been shot down,...
    • D. C. Van Weelden

    • Soldiers; Names
    • This page lists one contact name. Mitchener has written, "D. C. Van Weelden/Nyack, N.Y. (30 Mi. N of N.Y. in Hudson Valley). Contact concerning Alaska." The page has a cut-out piece of cardboard with Lt. Mitchener's name on it. In addition to his...
    • Letter to Hardy Mitchener

    • Correspondence
    • This page includes a letter to Hardy Mitchener dated August 14. The letter reads, "I was in Nashville months ago, called your house and then didn't write. I have been so busy - Where are you stationed now and where will you be Labor Day Week-end?...
    • Resting a Bit

    • Barbed wire; Rooms & spaces; Prisoners; Windows; Rugs; Furniture
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows a bedroom in what appears to be a private home. One prisoner can be seen by the bed, resting. Mitchener writes,"About thirteen hours later & 29 km. -- 'Resting a Bit' - In the hamlet of Freiwaldau, the caravan...
    • C'est le Guerre

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Military personnel; War; Fighting; Firearms
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the prisoners and guards seeking cover in a trench; several German guards are pictured shooting guns. Mitchener writes, "Near Priebus, second nite out ---C'est le guerre [It's war] - Down the road, rattled a...
    • Board!

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Railroads
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows a drawing of two train cars with "40 Hommes 8 Cheveaux"(40 men 8 horses) written on one of the cars. Mitchener writes,"As you approach the 'Zug' [train] Yards - Spremburg---'Board!' Fifty-six men per car--Hardly...
    • Saturday Nite Jamboree

    • Certificates; Awards; Music
    • This page includes a mock certificate or award that Mitchener has given to himself for winning the "So You Want to Lead the Band" quiz program. The certificate reads,"Saturday Nite Jamboree - This is to Certify that Hardy A. Mitchener is Hep to...
    • Saturday Evening Post

    • Poetry; Nostalgia; Patriotism
    • This page is a poem or list of things that Mitchener misses and craves during his imprisonment in a POW camp in Germany. He has then included a small poem that reads,"I have loved those things/Gentle living our country gave/You'll find them where...
    • Fighter Pilot

    • Poetry
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is about the role and importance of fighter...
    • Fighter Pilot, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation from the previous page of a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is...
    • The Classroom

    • Barbed wire; Tables; Stools; Blackboards; Prisoners; Military personnel; Books
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a POW writing lessons on a chalkboard or blackboard. Above the blackboard, Mitchener has written,"For the sake of knowledge - to ward off monotony." He has listed a number of...
    • C.C.C.P. (U.S.S.R.)

    • Names
    • This page includes the contact information for Dorothy [June] Krout. Mitchener has only written,"[L.T.] operator Naval [Base] Atlanta, Ga." The other side of the page is blank except for the printer's information, which reads, "Printed by Atar S....
    • Then follows...Dulagluft

    • Lions; Doors & doorways; Barbed wire
    • Mitchener drew this image during his stay at a German POW camp. The image represents the registration process of prisoners at Dulag Luft, after which they were sent to Stalag Luft III. Eleven names, listed on license plates, are pictured. They show...
    • Our Creed

    • Barbed wire; Poetry
    • Mitchener wrote this poem in his diary during his stay at a German POW camp. The poem,"Our Creed," explores his ideas and feelings about being a prisoner of war.
    • Thoughts of One Far Better

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Houses; Fantasy
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a prisoner who is imagining a better place - a house to live in, rather than a German POW camp. Mitchener writes, "There are sundry others - space dictates - - and lack of...
    • The Block

    • Barbed wire; Barracks
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of wooden barrack #170. Mitchener describes his quarters as including ten rooms, housing 8-14 men each. He writes,"Constructed of wood, plaster, and tarpaper - a few bolts - a...
    • The Front Door

    • Barbed wire; Barracks; Rooms & spaces; Doors & doorways
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the interior of a POW barrack. A row of doors can be seen. Mitchener has written, "On the left - the 'little girls' room' - as you enter...The Front Door. The hall is swept, at...

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