MSSU Archives & Special Collections Exhibits: Frank M. Forbey Collection

Digital exhibits created by the MSSU Archives and Special Collections department.

Frank Moses Forbey Jr. (who often went by "F.M." or "Buck"), was born June 28, 1924, Charleston, Missouri. He was the son of Frank M. and Mary Anna Evans Forbey. He trained for the Navy at Camp Green Bay in the Great Lakes in the Fall of 1942, before entering the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On December 13, 1947, F.M. Forbey Jr. married Elizabeth Bethune Forbey in Blodgett, MO. For 28 years, he was employed as a test desk technician at Southwestern Bell both in Joplin and Columbia, Missouri. On Jan. 30, 2001, at age 76, F.M. Forbey died, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri.

During World War II F.M. Forbey wrote numerous letters to his family. The F.M. Forbey Collection is a collection of those letters.

Exhibit curated by Haley Hembree, with the assistance of Whitney Hamm, 2021-03.

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September 1942 Letter
Life in the Navy
Letters to Family
Letters from Mom
To Forbey
Drawings and Sketches

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