Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Randy Gardner Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Randy Gardner Oral History

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Narrator Gardner, Randy
Narrator's Role Student at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 2011-05-05
Description An undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970, Randy Gardner talks about the events that took place during the days leading up to the May 4 shootings on campus. He describes the unrest downtown, the burning of the ROTC building on campus, and the demonstration held on May 3. He was on the Commons on Monday, May 4, and relates his eyewitness account. He also discusses the aftermath of the shootings, including completing his coursework by correspondence. He goes on to discuss events from later in his life, including witnessing and being injured at the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011.
Length of Interview 1:17:42 hours
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Tuscon (Ariz.)
Time Period discussed 1969-2011
Subject(s) Attempted assassination--Arizona--Tucson
Bayonets
College students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Demonstrations--Ohio--Kent
Eyewitness accounts
Frank, Glenn W.
Giffords, Gabrielle D. (Gabrielle Dee), 1970- --Assassination attempt, 2011
Helicopters
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Krause, Allison, 1951-1970
Martial law--Ohio--Kent
Mass murder--Arizona--Tucson
Miller, Jeffrey, d. 1970
Ohio. Army National Guard
Students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Tanks (Military science)
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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