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Kenneth M. Tebo Papers, 1941-1991

Manuscript Collection #620

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Kenneth M. Tebo Papers
Creator: Tebo, Kenneth M.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1941-1991) including correspondence, statistical data, commencement address, history book excerpt, clippings, photographs, newsletter, and a resume.
Extent: 0.086 Cubic feet, 26 items , consisting of correspondence, statistical data, commencement address, history book excerpt, clippings, photographs, newsletter, and a resume.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

June 19, 1991. 26 items; Papers of U.S. Naval Officer, USNA Class of 1941, including correspondence, clippings, photographs, and a resume. Gift of Captain Kenneth M. Tebo, USN (Ret), Falls Church, Virginia.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Kenneth M. Tebo Papers (#620), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Captain Kenneth M. Tebo, USN (Ret)

Processing Information

  • Processed by Z. Anishanslin, May 1995

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Kenneth M. Tebo was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, in 1919. In 1936 he entered Admiral Farragut Academy (Pine Beach, New Jersey) and enlisted in the Naval Reserves in order to be able to compete for enrollment in the Naval Academy. He enrolled in the Academy in 1937 and graduated on February 7, 1941. Tebo served as an officer aboard the USS ROPER (DD147) on anti-submarine patrol along the Atlantic coast (1941-1942); attended gunnery school in Washington, D.C. (1942-1943); attended flight training in Dallas, Texas, and Pensacola, Florida, and received his wings; and served as executive officer of Patrol Squadron 45, which operated on anti-submarine patrols out of Belem, Brazil.

In 1945, he attended post-graduate school in aeronautical engineering, after which he served as executive officer for Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 117 in Hawaii, and anti-submarine warfare officer for Fleet Air Wing TWO. During the Korean War, he served as aviation fleet readiness officer on the staff of the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet. He then served as branch head (1953) for the Torpedo Research and Development Branch of the Bureau of Ordinance; was commanding officer of Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 101 at Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1955-1957); and executive officer on the seaplane tender USS ALBEMARLE (1957-1959). His final duty with the Navy was as head of the Program Evaluation Branch which analyzed the status of the Polaris nuclear submarine/missile project (1959-1961).

Tebo retired from the Navy in 1961, after which he worked at General Motors (1961-1963) as director of program analysis, with the Midwest Research Institute (1963-1965) on Program Management Techniques, the Central Intelligence Agency (1965-1975) as program manager for scientific intelligence gathering, and at George Washington University in continuing engineering education (1975-1988).

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Limited correspondence in the collection includes two letters of congratulation and thanks to the USNA Class of 1941 on their 50th Reunion from President George Bush (April 15, 1991) and Admiral Frank B. Keslo II,Chief of Naval Operations (February 7, 1991), and a letter of thanks for a presentation by Tebo (November 30, 1960) to the Professional Group on Engineering Management.

Also included in the collection is statistical data on the USNA Class of 1941; a copy of the graduation address to the USNA Class of 1941 by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox; excerpts from the "History of the 5th Naval District Operations during World War II" describing anti-submarine action seen by the USS ROPER and a special commendation for Tebo; a 1957 issue of the "Quonset Scout" from the U.S. Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island; copy of a newsletter from the Professional Group on Engineering Management (February 1961); and newspaper clippings (1957-1961) covering Tebo's naval career activities. There are nine photographs in the collection including a view of the USS ALBEMARLE.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Bush, George [Herbert Walker] 1991
  • Keslo, Frank B. II 1991

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Education--U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Publications--1957
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS ALBEMARLE
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS ROPER
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Anti-Submarine Procedures

Date Entries :

  • 1941-1945

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS ALBEMARLE
Date: 1937-1938
Call Number: p-620/8

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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