Major Bert F. Teague earned his commission through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. He graduated in 1939, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, and to Camp Shelby, Mississippi before going overseas. His unit was shipped overseas in December 1944. Major Teague's unit was part of Patton's Third Army, the 65th Division, a highly mobile unit which operated throughout Western Europe. He was a Rifle Company Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. When General Patton was killed in December 1945, Major Teague led the honor guard at his funeral. Major Teague still has memories of riding into German towns on tank destroyers. For his heroism during WWII, he was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war ended, he was released from the Army at the rank of major.
He returned to New Hampshire and civilian life in 1946, where he worked for the federal Office of Price Administration (OPA). He was hired as an advisor to veterans. He soon became active in the political arena and served in the following positions: Assistant to U.S. Senator Styles Bridges (1946-1952); Assistant to Governor Hugh Gregg, 1952-1954; Candidate for Congress 1954 and 1962; Republican State Chairman (1952). In 1950, Bert Teague played a role in coordinating a new Strategic Air Con1mand base in the Northeast, resulting in Pease Air Force Base.
By 1952, he had enough of Washington life. He wanted to settle down in New Hampshire. He went to work as a salesman for Farrington Manufacturing Company. A few years later, he began work for forn1er Governor Hugh Gregg in Gregg and Son, a firm that made kitchen cabinets and other wood products. He was on a sales trip in Syracuse, in 1963, when he got a call from Gregg. He was going to New York City to meet with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who was planning his entry into the 1964 Presidential primary. Subsequently, Bert Teague went to work for the Rockefeller campaign. Though Barry Goldwater eventually won the nomination that always eluded Rockefeller, Bert Teague remained much impressed by the late governor of New York.
Bert Teague by then had twice run for the U.S. House, losing in Republican primaries to Perkins Bass by 719 votes in 1954 and to James Cleveland by 731 votes in 1962. He remained active in politics, however, even after the Rockefeller campaign, getting elected as full-time executive director of the NH Republican Committee.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he worked as a manager and vice president for Anderson-Nichols. From 1973-1984, he was appointed and served as director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's NH district. Following that, he worked as the director of business development for the NH Savings Bank. He served in public office as a state representative for three terms, from 1988 to 1994. He had the courage to sponsor a state income tax proposal and saw it as the only fair solution to the school-funding dilemma.
Major Teague has also supported the University of New Hampshire in n1any ways. Most notably, he served as Director of the UNH Alumni Association from 1963-1969. He received the UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award from the UNH Alumni Association for extraordinary service to his alma mater. In addition, he was the Director of the New England Council from 1972-1975.
For outstanding service to the United States Army and the National and Local Government Major Bert F. Teague is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.