Kenneth Charles Hurd Papers, 1921-1966

Manuscript Collection #498

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

Title: Kenneth Charles Hurd Papers
Creator: Hurd, Kenneth Charles
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1921-1966) including correspondence, reports, citations, orders, photographs, clippings and miscellaneous.
Extent: 1.3 Cubic feet, 484 items , consisting of correspondence, reports, citations, orders, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous.

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

Accessions Information

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.

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 Charles Hurd Papers (#498), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Kenneth C. Hurd

Processing Information

  • Processed by J. William Moris III, April 1985

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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.

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

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.

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

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 :

  • Newberry, Truman Handy (1921)

Subject Entries :

  • ECONOMY— 1933-1934
  • PANAMA CANAL— Life— 1935-1936
  • PHILIPPINE ISLANDS— Life— 1928-1930
  • SPORTS— Surfing— 1925
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— 1921-1964
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Accidents
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Asiatic Station— 1928-1930
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Dry Dock— 1927
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Education— U.S. Naval Academy— 1921-1925
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Life— 1925-1944
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Panama— 1935-1936
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Pay, Allowances, etc.— 1933-1934
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel— 1934
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS BENHAM— 1940
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS PENNSYLVANIA— 1927
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS SEAL— 1942
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Submarines— 1928-1940s
  • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Training— 1927, 1951
  • WAR— KOREAN— Navy— 1951-1953
  • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— 1942

Date Entries :

  • 1921-1929
  • 1930-1939
  • 1940-1949
  • 1950-1959
  • 1960-1966

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— Education— U.S. Naval Academy
Description: Class reunion
Location: Maryland— Annapolis
Call Number: p-498/17

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships— USS LAMAR
Location: New York— New York Navy Yard
Date: 1944
Call Number: p-148/19(1250), 210(1251)

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

Box 1#0498.1
Official file, 1925-1955
Box 2#0498.2
Service Record, Personal Correspondence, 1921-1966
Box 3#0498.3
Citations and Awards, Relocation Information, Clippings, Medical Record, Photographs
Oversize Folder os1#0498.os1
Diplomas, Promotion Certificates, Awards, Magazine, Photograph

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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