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This page details Clark Terrell in the primary universe; for the Clark Terrell in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion see Craig Terrell.
"The captain was strong."
Pavel Chekov, 2285[src]

Clark Terrell (2233-2285) was a Human male in the service of Starfleet during the 23rd century.


Early life and Starfleet Academy[]

Terrell was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Earth in 2233. As a child, his great-grandfather told him stories of how his own great-grandfather had struggled for the right to vote, which left a lasting impression on the younger Terrell. (TOS eBook: The Darkness Drops Again)

He entered the Academy at the age of 18, and by 2254 he was captain of the Starfleet Academy Wrestling Team.

While on a cadet training mission aboard the USS Gallant in 2254, Terrell volunteered for landing party duty on a rescue mission to retrieve a team of scientists that had become trapped in a orbital scientific facility that was in a decaying orbit after being struck by meteors. All of the scientists were rescued and Terrell was awarded a citation for conspicuous bravery.

Starfleet career[]

Early Starfleet career[]

Terrell graduated from the Academy in 2255 and was assigned as junior helmsman aboard the USS Columbia. Following two years of diligent service, Terrell was promoted to lieutenant, junior grade in 2257 and made chief helmsman aboard the Columbia.

In 2259, Terrell was assigned as second officer aboard the USS Ardent. In 2261, Terrell was left stranded alone on Derus VI when the Ardent was destroyed in orbit by Orion pirates. Although other crewmembers managed to escape via escape pod they all landed on a highly volcanous region of the planet. However, Terrell was stranded for the next several years, but when he was recovered, the rescue team discovered that he had established exclusive trade rights and an alliance with the natives of Derus VI.

When Terrell was finally rescued from Derus VI, he was promoted to lieutenant commander, and also awarded the Palm Leaf of Derus and the Federation Star for Distinguished Service. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

By 2265, Commander Terrell was assigned as first officer aboard the Archer-class starship, USS Sagittarius. (VAN novel: Harbinger)

In 2268, Terrell was promoted to Captain of the Sagittarius and began a tour of exploration in the Taurus Reach. (VAN novel: Storming Heaven)

Starship Creator indicates that Terrell was stranded on Derus VI for seven years, and upon his recovery was promoted to lieutenant commander and assigned to the USS Pacifica. However, this information would seem to be at odds with his appearances in Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind and Storming Heaven.

By 2273, Terrell was serving as first officer aboard the USS Pacifica under the command of Captain Mahtani. By this time, Terrell was regarded as an expert on first contact situations after successful missions on Yuria III, Olaras Prime, Mizar IV, and the Pilurran Colonies. For these efforts he was awarded the Four Palm Leaf and the Palm Cluster. In 2275, Terrel was promoted to captain and was granted command of the Pacifica following Mahtani's promotion to admiral. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

Aboard the Reliant[]

Clark Terrell IDW Comics

Captain Clark Terrell in 2282.

As of 2282, Terrell was commanding officer of the USS Reliant. In that year, they were assigned as election monitors on planet Mestiko. When troops loyal to the mar-Atyya threatened to use deadly force to stop the voting, Terrell was able to talk down the troop leader and, via a global newslink, ensure the voting was allowed to continue. (TOS eBook: The Darkness Drops Again)

Later in 2282, the USS Reliant was scheduled for a supply stop at Starbase 34. Captain Terrell decided that this would be a good time to accompany Commander Pavel Chekov, Doctor Bianca Wilder and two enlisted crewmembers on a medical mission to stop the Symbalene blood burn at the Te Awamutu VII outpost. The mission was a success, however on the return trip the shuttlecraft Kepler (NCC-1864/05) crashed on a Gorn training planetoid. Unfortunately Crewman Skiles was killed before a misunderstanding could be resolved. General Rellk then instructed his troops to assist Captain Terrell and his crew. (ST - Alien Spotlight comic: "Alien Spotlight: The Gorn")

It was not stated which event in 2282 took place first.

In 2285, Terrell and the Reliant were assigned to support Project Genesis, surveying planets is search of a suitable testbed for the Genesis Device. While surveying the surface of planet Ceti Alpha V—which they had believed to be Ceti Alpha VI—Terrell and his first officer, Pavel Chekov were captured by Khan Noonien Singh, who had been exiled there eighteen years earlier.

Terrell was interrogated by Khan using parasitic Ceti eels, inserted into his ear canal and insinuated into his cerebral cortex. Khan was then able to control Terrell and Chekov through suggestion, and used them to take control of the Reliant. After attacking the Regula I space station, Khan ordered Terrell to kill Admiral James T. Kirk, who had arrived to investigate the attack. Terrell was able to resist Khan's influence, however, and turned his phaser on himself instead. (TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TOS novel: To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh; WizKids modules: Tactics, Attack Wing)

The starship USS Clark Terrell was named in his honor. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)



Columbia personnel
United States (NASA) Columbia (Apollo 11 command module) Buzz AldrinNeil ArmstrongMichael Collins United States.
United Earth (civilian registry) SS Columbia T. HaskinsVina Seal of United Earth.
United Earth Starfleet Columbia (NX-02) R. AkagiD. AtlagicBiggsK. el-RashadV. FletcherK. GraylockK. GunnarsdóttirE. HernandezR. HexterB. MealiaJ. MetzgerR. OliveiraD. PierceS. RiversC. SiguenzaStrongK. ThayerC. TuckerS. ValerianC. ZeilfelderMACO personnel: E. CrichlowS. FoyleN. MazzettiH. MottakiN. OtumboG. PembletonT. SteinhauerV. Yacavino Seal of United Earth. Starfleet emblem. Columbia patch insignia. MACO patch insignia.
Federation, Starfleet USS Columbia (NCC-621) V. DeSalleC. Terrell UFP emblem image. Starfleet emblem.
USS Columbia (Steamrunner-class) Mike AndersonBrownKalpana ChawlaRichard HusbandWillie McCoolIlan Ramon
USS Columbia (NCC-97000, Odyssey-class) Veslin
USS Columbia (NCC-170147, Galaxy-X-class) Veslin
USS Sagittarius personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Lisa BabitzKaren CahowCelerasayna zh'FirroFaro DastinSengar HeshMike "Mad Man" IlucciBridget McLellanAdelard NassirNiwaraNizskRazkaSorakNguyen Tan BaoTarylClark TerrellVanessa TheriaultSalagho ThrexTorvin Seal of the Federation Starfleet
USS Reliant personnel
USS Reliant (NCC-1864) Bates"Stoney" BeachPavel ChekovFred DiMuroJohn KyleMosi NizhoniHelen NoelSkilesClark TerrellBianca Wilder Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Reliant (24th century) Mamoru NakamuraGretchen NaylorJean-Luc PicardPierzynski
Starfleet captains (circa 22782299)
AndersonArmstrongBarrBatesonBayardBearclawBeckerBrentwoodBrookshireBurroughsCantamessaCepekClampettCrandallDeSalleDesjardinDownerEstebanFieldsFletcherD.M. FlinnM. FlynnForrestorGarretsonGarrovickGloverJarv GoutharGraffeoGralevHavocHenryHodgesHornbergerHulettHussIkeyaJaffeJanguraJorgenssenKellerKirkKosnettLakeLinneusLubbitzMadisonMalteseMarchMcNeilMergeleMerklingMichaelsMooninghamMoreyNaritaNimitzO'HaraRandolphReddRodisRothRotherotSalonScottSinclair-AlexanderSorbokSpockStockerStylesSufikSuluTathwellTaylorTerrellThomasTier AroothTravaUhuraVellacoraWeeksWillsWiseXonZimmermanunnamed captains: Smillie's aide-de-camp2293 military aide2293 HQ captainNCC-1701-B commissioning guest captain Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
alternate realities PikeNumber OneSuluThelin
mirror universe BlaineChekovKaelKirkSpockSulu Terran Starfleet icon image.

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