Tebbs, Richard Henry

Title

Tebbs, Richard Henry

Last Name

Tebbs

First and Middle Name

Richard Henry (Junior)

Hometown

Leesburg

County and/or State

Loudoun County, Virginia

Birth Date

October 1886

Birthplace

Leesburg

Death Date

July 15, 1928

Cause of Death

Heart Failure

Place of Death

S.S. Cristobal; sailing from Port Au Prince, Haiti to New York (ship arrived in New York on July 16, 1928)

Parents

Richard Henry Tebbs Sr.

VPI Graduating Class

1907

Undergraduate Major

Engineering

Graduated

No. Graduated from University of Virginia in 1907. Transferred from VPI after Junior year

Service Branch

Marine Corps

Unit

N/a

Rank

Major

Retired Rank

Major

Postwar Life

Continued to serve in Marine Corps

Additional Notes

Brother William Lynch Tebbs graduated from VPI in 1909 with a degree in Civil Engineering

Bibliography

Times Dispatch, Volume 1905, Number 16747, 22 January 1905. Virginia Chronicle, Library of Virginia. Accessed December 16, 2017, virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TD19050122.1.21&srpos=44&e=------190-en-20--41--txt-txIN-Richard+Tebbs------

Files

Richard Henry Tebbs on Passenger List for S.S. Cristobal.jpg

Collection

Citation

“Tebbs, Richard Henry,” VPI in World War I, accessed May 25, 2024, https://vpiworldwarone.lib.vt.edu/items/show/637.

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Joseph Francis Reich

CPT John Tebbs, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1916, commanded a company in the 6th Marine Machine Gun Battalion tasked with providing suppressing fire for the assault on German strongholds in Belleau Wood. Tebbs and his Marines fought relentlessly and suffered heavy casualties to German machine guns and artillery fire. By June 26, Belleau Wood was cleared of the enemy. The total number of Marine casualties suffered here would eclipse all the casualties the Corps had sustained in its previous 143 year history. Tebbs survived the battle, fought again at Soissons and was gassed so badly at Mont Blanx Ridge in Octobrr that he did not recover until three months after the Armistice.

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