Fischer, Harry Frederick, Jr., CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, Naval Training Center (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
Service Years
1935 - 1970

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Home Town
Honesdale, Penn.
Last Address
Harry's ashes were interred in the Memorial Garden
at Christ Episcopal Church, Coronado California.

Date of Passing
Jan 12, 2010
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

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  1968-1969, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA


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March / 1968

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October / 1969

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 RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA Details

RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

History of the Naval Training Center

In the mid-1920s, the City of San Diego hoped to strengthen its economic ties with the military, and offered more than 200 acres of land to the Navy at the north end of San Diego Bay to entice it to move the Recruit Training Station from San Francisco.

Building NTC

Throughout its 70-year history as a military base, the mission of Naval Training Center (NTC), San Diego, had been to provide primary, advanced and specialized training for members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve. In support of that mission, NTC expanded to include 300 buildings with nearly three million square feet of space. In designing the first buildings at the training station, Navy architects adopted the Mission Revival style. Within a few years, harbor improvements deepened the channel and anchorages in San Diego Bay and added 130 acres of filled land to the Naval Training Station, which was later renamed the Naval Training Center. Development of the base occurred in phases, often in direct response to national defense priorities. As a result, there was no comprehensive plan for NTC, and buildings were scattered throughout the base or existed in small clusters. The base eventually expanded to almost 550 acres.

By the early 1990s, San Diego had become home to more than one-sixth of the Navy's entire fleet. San Diego had more than a dozen major military installations, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the local economy with more than 133,000 uniformed personnel and another 30,000 civilians relying on the military for their livelihood.

Contributing to the Economy

In annual payroll alone for both military and civilian personnel, NTC contributed almost $80 million to the San Diego economy, according to the Navy's 1994 budget. Each year, more than 28,000 visitors came to graduations at NTC, and 80 percent of those visitors were from out of town, contributing almost $7 million annually to the local economy. Beyond these payroll and visitor expenditures, the Navy spent an additional $10 million for base operation support contracts.

NTC Closes

The end of the Cold War led to military downsizing and the need to close surplus bases. In 1993, the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission slated NTC for eventual closure.

The Navy closed NTC facilities incrementally. As the military functions on the base dwindled, so did the Navy's budget. Fearing that the lack of activity on the base would lead to security problems, the City and Navy entered into a master lease agreement in 1995 allowing the City interim use of 67 acres of the base site. The agreement was later amended to include more than half of the NTC property, with approximately 75 buildings occupied by interim users. These buildings were subleased from the City to various parties including film companies, nonprofit organizations, City departments, and small businesses. In addition, interim leasing allowed the City to maintain the buildings and landscape areas at a higher standard of maintenance than an otherwise decreasing Navy caretaker budget could provide. The Navy officially closed NTC on April 30, 1997, and all military operations ceased.

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)


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OFF Garrett, James, CAPT 29

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
Commander, Recruit Training Command, San Diego 68/69; and Commander, Naval Training Center, San Diego 69/70.

Other Memories
Capt. Fischer took command of the cruiser USS Saint Paul in August, 1966, and 19 months later, on March 8, 1968, he became the commanding officer of NTC's Recruit Training Command.

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 Service Medal for outstanding meritorious service as commander, NTC. The citation read:

"Capt. Fischer has been responsible forth operation of a major Navy installation (and)...under his guidance, approximately 40 percent of all men entering the Navy received their recruit training and one-third of the Navy's specialized rate training was conducted...."

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134 Members Also There at Same Time
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA

Forrest, Allen, SCPO, (1958-1977) SM SM-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Moore, James L., CPO, (1950-1970) BM BM-9508 Chief Petty Officer
Wright, Wayne, LCDR, (1956-1990) QM QM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Wright, Wayne, LCDR, (1956-1990) Chief Petty Officer
Cook, Jeff, PO1, (1965-1995) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer First Class
Guardado, Michael, PO1, (1967-1989) SM SM-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Heller, Kenneth, CPO, (1958-1980) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Jantzen, Ross, SCPO, (1956-1980) MR MR-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Ritenour, Sherman, PO1, (1957-1976) Petty Officer First Class
White, James, CPO, (1960-1982) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kahn, Larry, PO2, (1966-1970) LI LI-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Becker, Carl, LTJG, (1969-1974) Seaman
Carter, Willman, PO3, (1968-1971) SA SA-0000 Seaman
Davis, William, CDR, (1968-1994) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Del Rosario, Constantino, PO1, (1968-1989) Seaman
Fish, Andrew, MCPO, (1968-1998) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Harkness, John, CPO, (1969-1994) RM RM-0000 Seaman
McInnes, Archie, SCPO, (1965-1985) SK SK-0000 Seaman
Mullins, Dale, PO1, (1976-1996) Seaman
Sattler, Curtis, MCPO, (1968-1994) Seaman
Sisson(Neiderheiser), Iva J, SN, (1968-1970) YN YN-0000 Seaman
Jacobsen, Harley, FN, (1968-1970) Fireman
Loder, Bob, PO2, (1968-1972) Fireman
Muench, Steve, PO2, (1967-1971) FA FA-0000 Fireman
Schlake, Steven, CAPT, (1969-1995) 00 9508 Fireman
Shugart, Timothy, CDR, (1967-1996) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Thomas, Rodney, CPO, (1986-2007) Fireman
Czlapinski, Garrett, PO1, (1968-1989) Airman
Houser, Michael (Mike), CPO, (1968-1988) 00 00-0000 Airman
Lawson, Rogers, MCPO, (1969-2002) Airman
Petersdorf, Wayne, CPO, (1968-1990) PR PR-0000 Airman
Price, Steven, CPO, (1969-1997) Airman
Shouse, Thomas, PO1, (1967-1990) AN Airman
Snovelle, Gail, PO1, (1968-1990) 00 00-0000 Airman
Ball, Steven D., CPO, (1969-1992) Seaman Apprentice
Bayran, Leonardo, SCPO, (1968-1994) Seaman Apprentice
Berry, John, PO2, (1968-1972) Seaman Apprentice
Convery, DJ, PO2, (1968-1972) Seaman Apprentice
Cuevas, Constancio, CWO4, (1969-1999) SD SD-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Dack, Bernard, PO2, (1968-1974) Seaman Apprentice
Dresser, Craig, PO3, (1969-1973) OFF Seaman Apprentice
Fields, William Donald, SN, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Frye, Henry Kenneth, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Gonzales, Joe Luis, SA, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Goodwin, Danny, PO3, (1969-1973) Seaman Apprentice
Grissom, Devere Ray, SA, (1968-1969) SN SN-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Hemphill, Gaylon, PO3, (1967-1971) 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Holbrook, Michael, CPO, (1968-1992) Seaman Apprentice
Jarvis, Kenneth, CAPT, (1968-2004) Seaman Apprentice
Kelley, Richard, MCPO, (1969-1990) SK Seaman Apprentice
Kerr, James William, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
Kozlowski, Harold, PO2, (1969-1975) 00 Seaman Apprentice
Kozlowski, Harry, PO2, (1969-1975) 00 Seaman Apprentice
Lomax, Richard, SCPO, (1969-1989) CTR CTR-2406 Seaman Apprentice
Lyons, Isaac, SA, (1969-1969) Seaman Apprentice
McVay, Steven, SCPO, (1969-1990) SK SK-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Olson, Oly, CPO, (1969-1997) Seaman Apprentice
Overstreet, Wayne, SCPO, (1968-1990) Seaman Apprentice
Parmley, Donald Wayne, HN, (1968-1969) Seaman Apprentice

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