Naval Institute Foundation

The Naval Institute Foundation needs contributions to fund the completion of the late Vice Admiral Bernard B. "Beetle" Forbes Jr.'s oral history. Admiral Forbes was noted for his colorful, often amusing stories, and he had plenty to talk about in a career that included service as an enlisted man on board the USS Yorktown (CV-5) before World War II. He served in the destroyer USS Barton (DD-722) during the war and then took flight training. He had several tours of duty as an AD Skyraider pilot, including squadron command.

Admiral Forbes' memoir contains a great many personal vignettes on two four-star admirals with whom he had lengthy association: Felix R. Stump, who commanded the Second and Pacific fleets, and Isaac C. "Ike" Kidd Jr., who commanded the Sixth and Atlantic fleets. The admiral's oral history documents his service ashore in the Bureau of Personnel, his tour as skipper of the carrier Independence (CVA-62), and also his time as Commander, Carrier Division Six. Admiral Forbes retired in March 1977 and died in June 2002.

Donations are needed to underwrite the costs of editing, proofreading, footnoting, indexing, and binding Admiral Forbes' oral history. Tax-deductible contributions of all sizes are appreciated. Those who donate $1,000 or more to the Forbes history will be recognized in the bound volume. If you can help, please contact Sue Sweeney at (410) 295-1054 or at [email protected] .

Plan Now—Give Later

A deferred gift can improve your tax situation now and provide much-needed support to the Naval Institute later, allowing your generosity to benefit others for years to come.
The Naval Institute Foundation gratefully accepts bequests, trusts, and other legal forms of planned giving. The State of Maryland sanctions the Foundation to administer charitable gift annuities.
A planned gift offers financial benefits to you. Some options can:

  • Generate lifetime income
  • Convert low-yielding assets into a higher income stream at a reduced capital gains cost
  • Obtain significant income tax deductions
  • Reduce or eliminate estate taxes

Often a combination of planned gifts produces the best results. We are happy to talk with donors and their financial advisors to design the most advantageous ways of giving. For more information, please contact Matt Schatzle at (410) 295-1057 or at [email protected] . Visit the Institute's Web site for in-depth descriptions of planned giving options .

Help Honor The Greatest Generation

On 7 December 2006 we will observe the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an event increasingly few of us can recall first-hand. The Naval Institute needs your help to preserve tens of thousands of World War II photographs—including many rare color images not available from any other source—so that the service and sacrifices of WWII veterans will be visually documented for generations to come.

In total, the Naval Institute Photo Archive contains nearly half a million images. These photos are fading with each passing year. Our goal is to digitize them all as soon as possible and to digitize the World War II collection—at a cost of approximately $15,000—immediately. With your generous support, we will reach that goal. Please send your tax-deductible gift by check, Visa, or MasterCard—specifying it is for the photo archive—to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.

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2016 Naval History Conference

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