Other Memories Capt. Harry Frederick Fischer Jr. was born in Honesdale, Penn. on Nov. 14, 1916. He attended Technical High School in Scranton, Penn. and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an apprentice seaman on May 15, 1935.
He served on board USS Vega and USS Ranger and took examinations for the U.S. Naval Academy while in the latter vessel. Receiving a special order discharge, he entered the Naval Academy on July 7, 1936 and as a midshipman, he was a member of the wrestling team. He graduated and was commissioned an ensign on June 6, 1940.