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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Heimark, John, 1922-2016 Oral History Interview and Collection, February 20, 2004

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Heimark, John, 1922-2016. Oral History Interview and Collection, February 20, 2004.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1720

Heimark, John, 1922-2016. Oral History Interview and Collection, February 20, 2004. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1720. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Heimark collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Dr. John Heimark and Mickey Thao on February 20, 2004. In this interview, Heimark talks about his time spent in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Schroeder during World War II as a Lieutenant. During the interview, Heimark talks about his time in the Naval Academy, life on board a destroyer, and life after the service. The collection also includes a history of the USS Schroeder as well of photographs of Heimark.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Dr. John Heimark was born in Fargo, North Dakota on January 4, 1922 and later lived in Fairmont, Minnesota. He died in 2016. Heimark entered the United State Naval Academy in 1940 and graduated with class of 1944 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering. Following graduation he was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to join the USS Schroeder (DD 501) where he served as a navigator and gunnery officer. Heimark resigned from the Navy as a Lieutenant Senior Grade and used the G.I. Bill to pursue a medical degree. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He did his internship at Stanford University and additional training at the Mayo Clinic. Heimark joined the US Naval Reserve and served in the Medical Corps at the rank of Commander. Heimark practiced medicine in Mankato, Minnesota until his retirement. He currently resides in Mankato, MN.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Heimark, John, 1922-2016. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated- 2004. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1720, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Dr. John Heimark donated this collection on February 20, 2004.

Processed By:

Ya Thao transcribed the interview in 2004.
Andy Cole processed this collection in September 2009.

Related Collections:

A copy of this oral history interview is also available from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Information is available on the National Registry of Service website for the national Veterans History Project. It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about John Heimark available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Heimark, John, 1922-2016, interviewee.
Heimark, John, 1922-2016, Interviews.
Thao, Ya, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945
United States. Navy.
United States Naval Academy.
Schroeder (Destroyer : DD 501)
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1720



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2004



Transcript, 2004



Photos and History of the USS Schroeder, undated-2004