Femoyer, Robert E. Papers

Robert E. Femoyer Papers, 1938-1996 Ms.2000.091


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Nicole Hancock, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2000.091
Title
Robert E. Femoyer Papers,1938-1996
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01296.xml
Quantity
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Coulter, John A., 1953-
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains information regarding Robert Femoyer's life, including subject files on his World War II Medal of Honor, citations, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. Materials date from 1936-1998.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Robert E. Femoyer Papers, Ms2000-091, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Robert E. Femoyer Papers were donated to Special Collections in 2000.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Robert E. Femoyer Papers was completed in November 2013.


Biographical Note

Robert E. Femoyer was from Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech as a member of the class of 1944, but he enlisted in the Army Air Force and went on active duty starting in 1943. He studied Civil Engineering while at Virginia Tech. He received a Medal of Honor for his service and is the only navigator who was awarded this honor. He received his Medal for service in a "bombing mission over Germany, he was wounded by enemy aircraft fire, which seriously damaged his B-17 bomber...For two and half hours he guided the lone bomber through six changes in course around enemy antiaircraft concentrations...Thirty minutes after landing he died of wounds." There is a building on Virginia Tech's campus named after him, Femoyer Hall. In addition the Medal of Honor, Femoyer was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart.

Sources: Air Force Archives http://www.armyrotc.vt.edu/aboutus/Medal_Honor.html null

Scope and Contents

The collection contains information about Robert Femoyer's life, including his World War II Medal of Honor, citations, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. Materials date from the 1930s to 1990. There are notes from Chapter 5 of Lt. Col. John Coulter's book on Virginia Tech Medal of Honor winners, Ut Prosim "Above & Beyond": The Story of Virginia Tech's Medal of Honor Recipients. Documents include military records and a program from Femoyer's memorial. Some items in the collection are photocopies of the originals. Materials in the collection were gathered during the research process for Coulter's book.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in files either by material type (clippings, photographs, and correspondence) or by subject.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Femoyer, Robert E., 1921-1944
  • Medal of Honor
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Robert E. Femoyer Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Coulter, John A., 1953-
  • Femoyer, Robert E., 1921-1944

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Aircraft
1944
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Clippings
1994
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Correspondence
1944-1996
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Medal of Honor
1944-1945
box-folder 1 folder: 9
Memorials
1994
box-folder 1 folder: 8
Military Records
1944-1995
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Photographs
1944
box-folder 1 folder: 5
VPI High School
1939, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 7
Chapter 5 of Ut Prosim "Above & Beyond": The Story of Virginia Tech's Medal of Honor Recipients
n.d.