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Jonathan Fischer - World War II

Immediately after graduation in 1943, Jonathan Fischer was drafted and chose duty with the Navy. He attended Basic Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, then gunnery school at Norfolk, VA. Fischer discussed his various duties during WW II on two Liberty Ships: SS Joseph F. Emery and SS James A. Wilder, as well as his experiences when he was recalled to active duty for a short time during the Korean War.

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Fischer, during service on the USS Greene.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Fischer in work clothes on the Greene. Last time in Manila.

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Manila, Philippines

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Unknown

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Public domain

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1949, Reserve 2 week training cruise, Eastport, Maine.

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Eastport, Maine

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1949

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Shore pass while docked at Port Sudan. Note: no time limits.

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Port Sudan

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4/12/1944

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Public domain

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Jon and Navy buddy in Naples, Italy, with Jon’s Army friend, Don Bikey from Quincy IL. Bikey was later killed in Italy.

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Naples, Italy

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1944

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Gun crew practice on the SS James A. Wilder in 1945 in the South Pacific.

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South Pacific

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1945

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Buddies from the James A. Wilder relaxing ashore in New Guinea.

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New Guinea

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Unknown

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Jon (right) with the Navy semaphore signalman from the SS James A. Wilder.

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Jon and buddy Howard Fain in front of the Navy’s 20mm batteries on the SS James A. Wilder.

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Jon with a fellow gun crewman and two signalmen from the SS James A. Wilder at Manila, 1945.

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Manila, Philippines

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1945

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SS James A. Wilder gun crewmen celebrating in San Francisco. Jon is far left.

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San Francisco, California

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Unknown

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Jon in Quincy IL, a regular medallist in Senior Olympics.

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Quincy, Illinois

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Unknown

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Jon (closest) won this event Senior Olympics at Sheridan Swim Club in Quincy.

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Quincy, Illinois

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Unknown

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Honor Flight Certificate, 2009.

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Unknown

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2009

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Public domain

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Jon in front of the Illinois WWII Memorial in Washington, D. C. during the Honor Flight visit.

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Washington, D. C.

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Unknown

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Jon stands tall next to the statue honoring U. S. Navy veterans of WWII at the Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

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The peaceful fountain at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

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Unknown

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Narrator’s Photo



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