Kenneth Charles Hurd Papers

Manuscript Collection #498
Hurd, Kenneth Charles, 1902-1977
Physical description
1.3 Cubic Feet, 484 items , consisting of correspondence, reports, citations, orders, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Kenneth Charles Hurd Papers (#498), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1921-1966) including correspondence, reports, citations, orders, photographs, clippings and miscellaneous.

Biographical/historical information

Rear Admiral Kenneth Charles Hurd (1902-1977) was a 1925 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After graduation and sea duty, Hurd attended the Submarine School in New London, CT (1928). After joining the USS S-41 with the Asiatic Fleet in Manila, he returned to the U.S. to pursue post-graduate coursework in marine engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. While there Hurd was severely injured when a fly wheel on an experimental diesel engine shattered (1933), striking him in the face with debris. After a prolonged hospital stay and recuperation, Hurd was attached to the staff of the Commander of Submarines in Washington, D.C. Subsequent submarine-related activities included service in the Panama Canal Zone (1935); command of the USS SEAL (SS-183) in the Philippines (Dec. 7, 1941); receipt of the Navy Cross (Feb. 1942) and three commendations; and divisional and squadron commands. Hurd ended World War II as the commander of Submarine Squadron 32. After the war, he was assigned to inspection duty and trained in amphibious warfare. As captain of APA-47, USS LAMAR, Hurd commanded Transport Division 13 during the Korean Conflict. In 1953 he was given shore duty as head of the Policy and Planning Branch of Naval Intelligence. Hurd retired from active duty in 1955.

Scope and arrangement

Early personal correspondence concerns Hurd's Naval Academy days and describes courses, cruises, and life as a midshipman (1921-1925). Letters to his parents in Michigan are extensive, covering such diverse subjects as surfing in Hawaii (1925), an automobile trip across the U.S. (1928), promotion policies of the Navy (1934), pay cuts (1933), and the effects of the Depression (1934-1939). Life in Panama (1935) and service with the Asiatic Fleet (1928-1930) are also detailed. Much of the correspondence concerns Hurd's accident and hospital stay, along with a libel suit arising from his injury (1933-1934). Sea duty and economic issues are discussed sporadically throughout the personal correspondence.

Official documents (1925-1959) are far more extensive than his personal correspondence. Included are a complete service record, orders, memoranda, correspondence, signal sheets, and repair records. In addition, there are materials concerning Hurd's citations, awards and commendations, moving expenses, medical record (1925-1954), and three cards (1946, 1951, 1954) listing vessels and duty stations for his twenty-nine years of service. The collection also includes photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous items documenting Hurd's career.

Oversized material consists of official documents, a magazine, and a photograph.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 6, 1984, 484 items; papers (1921-1964) of U. S. Navy officer, including correspondence, reports, citations, orders, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Kenneth C. Hurd, Bethesda, MD.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Kenneth C. Hurd

Processing information

Processed by J. William Moris III, April 1985

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Hurd, Kenneth Charles, 1902-1977
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--Students
United States. Navy--Officers
United States. Navy--Sea life
United States. Navy--Submarine forces
United States. Navy. Asiatic Fleet
Marine engineering--Accidents--California--Berkeley
Panama--Description and travel

Container list
Box 1 Official file, 1925-1955
Box 2 Service Record, Personal Correspondence, 1921-1966
Box 3 Citations and Awards, Relocation Information, Clippings, Medical Record, Photographs
Folder os1 Diplomas, Promotion Certificates, Awards, Magazine, Photograph