Kenneth M. Tebo Papers

Manuscript Collection #620
Tebo, Kenneth M., 1919-
Physical description
0.086 Cubic Feet, 26 items , consisting of correspondence, statistical data, commencement address, history book excerpt, clippings, photographs, newsletter, and a resume.
Preferred Citation
Kenneth M. Tebo Papers (#620), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1941-1991) including correspondence, statistical data, commencement address, history book excerpt, clippings, photographs, newsletter, and a resume.

Biographical/historical information

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).

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

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

Processing information

Processed by Z. Anishanslin, May 1995

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
Tebo, Kenneth M., 1919-
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--Alumni and alumnae
United States. Navy--Officers
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American