Tim Buckley

Terrence Farmer sits down to speak and present students his story from Vietnam in room 133.

Terrance Farmer

Terrance Farmer is an army veteran who fought in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He used to fight for our freedom, but now he is a normal Riverside resident. The RBHS Veteran’s Day assembly is something that Farmer looks forward to each year.

“Guys there was no internet, there was no cell phones. We actually wrote letters,” said Farmer.

Letters are something that can be passed down from generation to generation and never be forgotten. They tell a story, a story that can never be forgotten.

A favorite thing of Farmers when in Vietnam was getting mail. To him getting something from home was one of the most sentimental things you could get. You could easily hear someone’s voice with a cassette, but being able to re read a letter multiple times was easier.

“And the really high tech thing was they would sell cassette tape recorders and you could send a cassette tape home or your family could send a cassette tape to you,” Said farmer.

Farmers dad was never a man to send letters. But when Farmer was deployed his father sent letters multiple times a week. He would update him on the little things like the football team winning a game over the weekend. This was something so little, but was an amazing thing for Farmer to receive.

Farmer told a story about his daughter finding letters of his and his wives from when he was deployed. He mentioned that he really loved the feeling of being able to have even his kids read these letters.

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