Biographical / Historical
Steve Mitchell was born in Algona, Iowa in 1951. In 1969 Mitchell volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served with them for six years. His service included one year of 'in-country' service in Vietnam and two years off the coast of Vietnam for a total of three years service in Southeast Asia. While in service for the Navy, Mitchell served on four different ships including: the USS Seminole, USS Tulare, USS Tutuila, and the USS Joseph Strauss. During his service, he worked as an electronics technician-radar. Aside from Vietnam, Mitchell was also stationed in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, and Treasure Island. He held the ranks of E-4 and E-5 during his time in the Navy and was E-5 upon honorable discharge in 1975. He obtained most typical Vietnamese service ribbons while in service. After the Navy he attended Iowa State University from 1975-79 and was in the veterans club there. After earning a B.A. in Journalism, Mitchell wrote for the newspaper Solar Utilization News from 1980-85. From 1985-2007 Mitchell found himself working for the Estes Park Public Library. Today, Steve Mitchell is currently writing a novel about his year abroad the USS Tutuila while she was on the Saigon River.