George Fisher

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 30, 1944, p.1

George Fisher Service Sunday

Serviceman Who Made Supreme Sacrifice Honored At Service

(unreadable) Sunday at the American Legion Hall in New Plymouth for George Harold Fisher, machinists mate first class. Rev. W. ?. Kellerman, pastor of the New Plymouth and Emmett congregations and the American Legion had charge of the services. The American Legion Auxiliary and Landon's Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. An American flag was presented to his family by the American Legion Auxiliary on behalf of the government as a token of appreciation for his service to his country. A short dedicatory service was conducted at the Parkview cemetery.

George Harold Fisher was born March 2, 1920, and was the son of William F. and Adelaide Oster Fisher. He was a member of the Lutheran church since childhood. Deceased attended New Plymouth schools and graduated from high school May 30, 1938. He enlisted in the United States Navy on July 30, 1939 and completed his apprentice training at the San Diego Naval Training Station. From there he was sent to Norfolk, Va. To a special naval training school and after completing his course at that place he returned to San Diego via the Panama Canal and was assigned to the USS Chicago, where he was serving at the time that the war was declared. The Chicago engaged the enemy many times, including the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was home on short leave in October, 1942, while the ship was being repaired after having her bow blown off in one of the many encounters with the enemy.

Following the repair of the cruiser she was sent to convoy supplies and troops across the Pacific. It was while shielding the landing of troops on Guadalcanal that the Chicago was torpedoed and sunk. George was in the engine room at the time the ship was hit. He was reported as missing in action Jany 29, 1943 and official notification of his death was not received until Jany 30, 1944.

Deceased is survived by his father, William Fisher of New Plymouth; three sisters, Mrs. Edward Kaeser , of Boise; Mrs. Dorothy Watson and Miss Eleanor A. Fisher, of New Plymouth and a brother John H. Fisher, of Boise; his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. John B. Fisher, of Boise and Wendelin Oster of Longview, Wash. His mother, Adelaide Oster Fisher died in November, 1937.

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