Tebo, Vernon Lawrence, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 131X, VC-97
Service Years
1941 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
1512 East Gonzalez St
Pensacola, FL

Casualty Date
Apr 15, 1945
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The following history has been provided by Mr. Richard B. Cogdal of Urbana, Illinois, who was Mr. Tebo's shipmate.
"Our ship was an escort carrier--the Makassar Strait CVE91. I was assigned to the ship before it was commissioned, April 27, 1944. Our ship sailed all around the Pacific from that date: to Hawaii, the Admiralities, the Marshalls, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, etc. We at first delivered supplies and personnel all over the Pacific Ocean. Then in January, 1945, Air Squadron VC97 came aboard and we became a war ship. At Okinawa and Iwo Jima our planes covered refueling operations at sea--refueling the large carriers and cruisers, etc. The air squadron protected these operations. At Okinawa we delivered supplies, ammunition and rockets to the marines. The air squadron also protected these operations. The squadron also made strikes at several Japanese bases in the area. Lt. Tebo was shot down near a place called Kerma Rhetto on April 16, 1945. He was pilot and his crew consisted of a navigator and a bombardier. The crew had dropped their bombs and had flown back to photograph results when the tail of their plane was shot off. The 3 men parachuted to the ground but were rescued and taken prisoner. They were questioned and tortured and dragged through the village and killed. Two of them were beheaded. We did not know about all this until several years later. The village people were shocked and devastated by this cruelty. They now have erected a shrine in the village to honor these 3 men."
- taken from University of Illinois records, Web site above, and Mr. Richard B. Cogdal, Urbana, Illinois
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 Duty Stations
Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)School Assignments - StaffUSS Makassar Strait (CVE-91)VC-97
  1941-1941, SA-0000, CNATRA Detachment Corpus Christi, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1941-1942, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1944-1945, USS Makassar Strait (CVE-91)
  1944-1945, 131X, VC-97
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1937-1941, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
  WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings
  Service Date and Service Number
  Apr 15, 2014, General Photos4
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