Ferman Esco Fortenberry – Navy Years

I am sorry it took me so long to post another story, but this one kept growing the more I researched!  This post is about Adrian’s dad,  Ferman Fortenberry.  In 1909, he joined the Navy; and while in the service, he kept a journal.  You will learn about his experiences and how they related to world events.  I cannot believe how much I was able find on the internet that gave his story context and depth!

The file is one of the largest I have uploaded, so be patient if it takes a minute to load on your computer.   It is 60 slides long.  In addition to the story, I have also scanned and posted his entire journal.  You will see two entries under the blogroll:  Ferman Fortenberry – Full Navy Log and Ferman Fortenberry – Navy Years.

A huge thank you to Jo Fortenberry Driscoll for loaning me her pictures.   Most of the pictures noted as belonging to Ferman now belong to Jo.   

Another thank you goes to Reggie Fortenberry Cross, Kris Fortenberry Morrell and her dad, Raymond for contributing to our family research funds!  We are in the process of adding Raymond’s DNA to the Fortenberry family DNA project.    You may find it interesting to visit this site


Please let me know what you think!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Wood
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 21:58:32

    Fantastic! This is a time period I know little about. It’s good to know how our family fits into the history. A side note: the picture of the sail repairs is actually repairs being made to the code flags. You can see them hanging up right behind them. I always thought Grandpa’s cancer was a result of him smoking but now realise it probably had it’s beginnings in all the coal tar he must have breathed in.


  2. Regina Cross
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 10:11:33

    This has been one of my favorites . The fact that Grandpa kept a log and that it has survied for my G-Grandchildren to someday be able to read is amazing. In just a few years Grandpa Ferman’s log will be readed by his G-G-G Grandchildren.
    I fell that our family has lived through this countries greatest events and makes our US history and family history alive. It makes me proud of our heritage.
    And it makes me very proud of my sister that has worked so hard on the Fortenberry & Werbicki legacy.


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