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Title: Historical Society. Historic Sites. Missile Site Oral Histories

Dates: 2010-2012

Series Number: 32314 

Quantity: .5 feet

Abstract: Consists of interviews conducted for the “Memories of the Missile Field, Oral Histories of Life in the Grand Forks Missile Field” project at the Ronald Regan Minute Man Missile State Historic Site (Oscar Zero Missile Site). Interviewees were both military and civilian personnel who worked at the missile sites.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Department of Emergency Services Public Information Office Records from the Ronald Regan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site in 2012. Gift agreements were signed by each of the interviewees governing their donation of their oral histories. Several interviewees donated photographs to supplement their interviews.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Public Records are not subject to copyright restrictions, although record series may contain copyrighted material. Consideration of such copyrights is the responsibility of the researcher.

Access: The collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Related Collections:    
11050 Oscar Zero [O-Ø] Missile Alert Facility. Records         
10903 United States Air Force Safeguard Missile Base
20774 Ray B. Nordyke
2009-P-022 Oscar Zero State Historic Site (2006)
2009-P-023 Oscar Zero State Historic Site (2008)
2009-P-024 Oscar Zero State Historic Site Grand Opening (2009)
2009-P-025 Oscar Zero State Historic Site (2008-2009)
2009-P-029 Chuck Parkman Missile Silo
2010-P-039 Doug Johnson Oscar Zero

From the State Historical Society of North Dakota website

The new Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site actually consists of two sites telling the story of the Cold War years in North Dakota. They are the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-33 Launch Facility. They are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing, a cluster of intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites that were spread over a 6,500-square-mile area around the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Oscar Zero Launch Control Center and the November-33 Missile Facilty played an integral part in the Cold War in North Dakota and the world. This site is the last launch control center intact with the top-side of November 33 missile facility left intact.
Visitors to Oscar-Zero will be given a guided tour of topside facilities and will learn how the facility managers, security forces, maintenance teams, and cooks lived their daily lives at the MAF. Guests may also choose to be guided down the elevator shaft to the underground Launch Control Equipment Building and Launch Control Center, where they will see firsthand the front lines of the United States’ strategy of nuclear deterrence. They will be able to step behind the concrete blast door and witness the equipment that could have been used by the missile crews to launch nuclear missiles. At November-33 visitors will see the topside of a launch facility, including the massive launch closure door which once protected a missile, an imposing security fence, the electronic security system, and the ventilation systems that served the underground equipment buildings. The topside appears exactly as it did during its existence as an active launch facility.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 Dennis Almer, 2012
2 Curtis W. Anderson, 2010
3 Aaron C. Bass, 2012
4 David Bertrand, 2010
5 Louis J. Brothag, 2010
6 Michael R. Brown, 2012
7 Dennis Burdolski, 2012
8 Greg L. Cunningham, 2010
9 Hans C. Heinrich, 2010
10 George E. High, 2010
11 James Lancaster, 2012
12 Daniel Landegent, 2010
13 Jeff Langley, 2012
14 Donald Leendertsen, 2010
15 Steven Marback, 2010
16 Joseph Michadick, 2010
17 Robert Naumann, 2010
18 Burton Nelson, 2010
19 Rick Nelson, 2010
20 Shirley Norgard, 2010
21 Duane A. Olson, 2010
22 Merl Paaverud, 2012
23 Larry Pankonin, 2010
24 Charles Parkman, 2010
25 Tom Perdue, 2010
26 Chad A. Smith, 2012
27 Dave Teigen, 2010
28 Warren Tobin, 2010
29 Steven D. Vining, 2012
30 John A. Whiteside, 2012

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