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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Captain
Service Years
1935 - 1970
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Home State
Pennsylvania
Captain Captain
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols
Command at Sea


Location
Pennsylvania
Jan 12, 2010
Service to 1970
Naval  Training Center (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
Naval Training Center (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1969 - 1970
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
In October of 1969, Capt. Fischer became commander, NTC. He retired from Naval Service on July 1, 1970 following his tour at NTC. During his retirement ceremony, he was presented with the Meritorious ... More
1970
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1968 - 1969
USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1966 - 1968
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC)
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1968
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1968
Yankee Station, North Vietnam
Description
Yankee Station was a point in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam used by the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers of Task Force 77 to launch strikes in the Vietnam War. While its official designation ... More
Memories
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast... More
1966 - 1968
Navy Unit Commendation (NUC)
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1967
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1967
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1967
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1964 - 1966
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Description
Beginning in 1965, Saint Paul made five further western Pacific deployments and served off the coast of Vietnam. The heavy cruiser's 8-inch and 5-inch guns were kept busy supporting American and allie... More
1966
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1962 - 1964
USS Pollux (AKS-4)
USS Pollux (AKS-4)
Rank
Captain
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Captain Captain
1961 - 1962
Submarine Division 71
Submarine Division 71
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1961 - 1961
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1961
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Rank
Captain
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Captain Captain
1958 - 1961
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1957 - 1958
USS Rogers (DD-876)
USS Rogers (DD-876)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1955 - 1957
Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1955 - 1955
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1953 - 1955
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military unit award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units.
Description
Description Pending
1953
United Nations Service Medal (Korea)
Criteria
The United Nations Korean Medal was generally awarded for any period of service while assigned as a member of the Armed Forces dispatched to Korea or adjacent areas for service on behalf of the United... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1953
USS Ronquil (SS-396)
USS Ronquil (SS-396)
Rank
Commander
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Commander Commander
1950 - 1952
Korea Service Medal
Criteria
To be eligible for this medal, the Service member must have: Served between the outbreak of hostilities (June 25, 1950) and the date the armistice was signed (July 27, 1953); Been on permanent assignm... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1951
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1950
Korea Service Medal
Criteria
To be eligible for this medal, the Service member must have: Served between the outbreak of hostilities (June 25, 1950) and the date the armistice was signed (July 27, 1953); Been on permanent assignm... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1950
USS Carp (SS-338)
USS Carp (SS-338)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1949 - 1950
Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1946 - 1949
USS Spikefish (SS-404)
USS Spikefish (SS-404)
Rank
Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1945 - 1946
Bronze Star
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
Of the eight submarine war patrols in which he participated, some were on USS Spikefish during the latter period of the war. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for heroic service as ... More
1945
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal may be awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievem... More
Comments
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1945
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Description
Description Pending
1945
USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404) 3rd War Patrol
Description
She is ordered to patrol east of Formosa.
Memories
His first submarine was USS Thresher (SS-200) in 1943 where he served as engineer and diving officer... More
1945 - 1945
USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404) 4th War Patrol
Description
She is ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.
Memories
His first submarine was USS Thresher (SS-200) in 1943 where he served as engineer and diving officer... More
1945 - 1945
USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404) 2nd War Patrol
Description
She is ordered to patrol of the Ryukyu Islands.
Memories
His first submarine was USS Thresher (SS-200) in 1943 where he served as engineer and diving officer... More
1945 - 1945
USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404) 1st War Patrol
Description
She is ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk
Memories
His first submarine was USS Thresher (SS-200) in 1943 where he served as engineer and diving officer... More
1944 - 1945
USS Thresher (SS-200)
USS Thresher (SS-200)
Rank
Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1943 - 1945
Bronze Star
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
Of the eight submarine war patrols in which he participated, some were on USS Spikefish during the latter period of the war. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals with Combat "V", one for heroic ser... More
1944
Bronze Star
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
Of the eight submarine war patrols in which he participated, some were on USS Spikefish during the latter period of the war. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals with Combat "V", one for heroic ser... More
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1944
Submarine School (diesel)
Submarine School (diesel)
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1943 - 1943
Submarine School Officers Basic
Submarine School Officers Basic
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1942 - 1943
Silver Star
Criteria
The Silver Star may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, is cited for gallantry in action, against an enemy of the United States whil... More
Comments
His first submarine was USS Thresher (SS-200) in 1943 where he served as engineer and diving officer. He received the Silver Star for his duties on Thresher.
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1943
USS San Francisco (CA-38)
USS San Francisco (CA-38)
Rank
Ensign
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Ensign Ensign
1940 - 1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1942
Air Raid on Salamaua and Lae
Description
Lexington and Yorktown strike the Japanese at Lae and Salamaua

As Lexington and Yorktown, screened by a powerful force of eight cruisers (including HMAS Australia) and fourteen destroyers, steamed ac
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Memories
After graduating from the academy, he was assigned to USS San Francisco (CA-38) and was serving as s... More
1942 - 1942
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
Description
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on and a... More
Memories
After graduating from the academy, he was assigned to USS San Francisco (CA-38) and was serving as s... More
1942 - 1942
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or,... More
Description
Capt. Fischer?s other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat ?V?; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1941
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1941
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Midshipman
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1936 - 1940
American Defense Service Medal
Devices : Star in Lieu of the following Clasps
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Description
Capt. Fischer's other awards included the Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V"; the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one... More
1940
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
Rank
Seaman 1st Class
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1936 - 1936
USS Vega (AK-17)
USS Vega (AK-17)
Rank
Seaman Second Class
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1935 - 1936
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
Rank
Seaman Recruit
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1935 - 1935
Service from 1935

 
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