Robert FISHER (Lieutenant Colonel) from Mission, TX was born June 1, 1922 and enlisted in the US Army Air Force on September 18, 1942 as a Private. After flight training, he received his Pilot wings and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on January 7, 1944. During World War II, as a 2nd and then 1st Lieutenant, Fisher served as a B-17 pilot within the 621st Army Air Force Base Unit as part of the 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron. Based out of England, Lt. Col. Fisher flew 35 memorable combat missions participating in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes campaigns. On his 3rd mission, he was reported “shot down in flames”, on his 9th mission he participated in the invasion of Holland, and was hit by flak in his right leg during a mission not long after that. On New Year’s Day of 1945 Lt. Col. Fisher celebrated by hitting 6 trees about 20 feet above the ground on take-off when he had to swerve to avoid a mid-air collision with another aircraft. Obviously, he survived these notable incidents and 31 other missions before returning State side in March of 1945.
Upon returning home, Lt. Col. Fisher married his high school sweetheart Pauline, and remained in the reserves until November 1947 when he rejoined active duty as part of the 2nd group of inductees into the new U.S. Air Force. Selected for higher education training, he received 2 degrees in Physics from Ohio State University. By the time he retired as Lt. Colonel in 1966, he had been assigned to Nuclear Programs, Unmanned Space Systems, and Foreign Technology programs as well as the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College before finishing his career in the Advanced Systems Department of Teledyne Ryan developing unmanned aircraft—now known as Drones.
Lt. Col. Fisher lost his wife Pauline in 2008, but the two of them were blessed with 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren, many of whom were able to join in celebrating Lt. Col. Fisher’s award of the legion of honor on Saturday.