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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Palmer, Terry, 1948-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1968-2004.
MSU Archives Collection 1721

Palmer, Terry, 1948. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1968-2004 SMHC Manuscript Collection 1721. 8 folders, 1 oversize folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Palmer collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Palmer and Daardi Sizemore in 2004. In this interview, Palmer talks about his service in the United States Navy during Vietnam. Palmer also talks about his service in the Tonkin Gulf, where he served three tours of duty. The collection contains a serviceman's newsletter from Mankato, Minnesota as well as newsletters and other miscellaneous information about the USS Ranger CVA-61 where Palmer served. Photos of Palmer during his time in service and on the day of the interview are also included.

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:

Terry Palmer was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 16, 1948. In December of 1967 entered the United States Navy where he served until 1972. His Vietnam War era service included three tours of duty in the Tonkin Gulf. He achieved the rank of ABH-3 (E-4). Palmer received many medals including the Navy Unit Commendation-Meritorious Unit Commendation (twice), Navy Good Conduct, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service medal (3 times), and the Vietnam Service Medal (13 times). Palmer served as a naval reservist from 1976-1995. Today Palmer lives in St. Peter, 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:

Palmer, Terry, 1948. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1968-2004. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1721, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Terry Palmer donated this collection on February 8, 2004.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack 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 Terry Palmer available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Palmer, Terry, 1948, interviewee.
Palmer, Terry, 1948--Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
United States. Navy.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1721



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2004



Transcript, 2004



Photographs, 1968-2004



Miscellaneous  News Clippings and articles about the USS Ranger, undated



Daily Shield, Newsletter of the USS Ranger CVI-61, January 1969



Daily Shield, Newsletter of the USS Ranger CVI-61, February 1969



Daily Shield, Newsletter of the USS Ranger CVI-61, March 1969



Daily Shield, Newsletter of the USS Ranger CVI-61, May-July 1969



Daily Shield, Newsletter of the USS Ranger CVI-61, August 1969-February 1970



O’Callahans Corner, Morrison Ario VFW Servicemen’s Bulletin (Mankato, MN), July 1968