Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service: USS Stump (DD 978); Assault Craft Unit 4 (ACU); USS Crommelin (FFG 37); Commander Destroyer Squadron 50 (COMDESRON); White House Military Social Aide
  • Location of Service: Norfolk, Virginia; Washington, DC; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Bahrain
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Commander

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"My military service…it is the core and basis and foundation of my life." (Video interview, 1:19:57)

Adopted as an infant from a Vietnamese orphanage in 1972 by an American airman and his wife, Kimberly Mitchell grew up in rural Wisconsin and dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps by joining the Air Force. A chance meeting with a Navy admiral inspired her to change her course and apply to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Though she chose to defer her entrance for a year due to her father’s unexpected death, ultimately, she embarked on a 17-year career with the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. She was serving in Washington, DC, working with the State Department on Iraq sanctions and Middle East peacekeeping operations, during the September 11 terrorist attacks. She recalls in her oral history the overwhelming confusion and panic of that day: "That was my first experience of being truly scared not only for us, but for what was happening to our country. What was happening?" After working on issues of warrior and family support and transition policy, she chose to leave the military in 2012 to help found the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, and has gone on to serve in numerous leadership roles at organizations supporting veterans in transition.

About this Item

Title

  • Kimberly M. Mitchell Collection

Names

  • Ward, Kerry
  • Library of Congress
  • Mitchell, Kimberly M.

Home State

  • CA

Headings

  • -  Mitchell, Kimberly M.
  • -  War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Notes

  • -  The veteran was born in Vietnam.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • Asian

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: USS Stump (DD 978); Assault Craft Unit 4 (ACU); USS Crommelin (FFG 37); Commander Destroyer Squadron 50 (COMDESRON); White House Military Social Aide
    • Location of Service: Norfolk, Virginia; Washington, DC; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Bahrain
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Commander
    • Dates of Service: 1995-2012
    • Prisoner of War: No
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: Digital File [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 11/07/2018)
  • Photograph: Photocopy of photographic print [10 items] -- Photographs (collected 1972 - 2020)
  • Computer File: Flash Drive [1 item] -- Electronic file of photograph (collected 1972 - 2020)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/113667

Cite as

  • Kimberly M. Mitchell Collection (AFC/2001/001/113667), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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.

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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:

Ward, Kerry, Library Of Congress, and Kimberly M Mitchell. Kimberly M. Mitchell Collection. 1995. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.113667/.

APA citation style:

Ward, K., Library Of Congress & Mitchell, K. M. (1995) Kimberly M. Mitchell Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.113667/.

MLA citation style:

Ward, Kerry, Library Of Congress, and Kimberly M Mitchell. Kimberly M. Mitchell Collection. 1995. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.113667/>.