Almond Edward Fisher
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
at Hume, New York, January 28, 1913, he earned the Medal of Honor during
World War II while serving as Second Lieutenant, Company E, 157th Infantry,
45th Infantry Division, near Grammont, France, on September 12-13, 1944.
He remained in the Army following the war and died on January 7, 1982. He was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.
FISHER, ALMOND E.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Grammont, France, 12-13 September 1944. Entered service at: Brooklyn, New York. Birth: Hume, New York. G.O. No: 32, 23 April 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on the night of 1213 September 1944, near Grammont, France.
In the darkness of early morning, Second Lieutenant Fisher was leading a platoon of Company E, 157th Infantry, in single column to the attack of a strongly defended hill position. At 2:30 A.M., the forward elements were brought under enemy machinegun fire from a distance of not more than 20 yards. Working his way alone to within 20 feet of the gun emplacement, he opened fire with his carbine and killed the entire guncrew.
A few minutes after the advance was resumed, heavy machinegun fire was encountered from the left flank. Again crawling forward alone under withering fire, he blasted the gun and crew from their positions with hand grenades. After a halt to replenish ammunition, the advance was again resumed and continued for 1 hour before being stopped by intense machinegun and rifle fire.
Through the courageous and skillful leadership of Second Lieutenant Fisher, the pocket of determined enemy resistance was rapidly obliterated. Spotting an emplaced machine pistol a short time later, with one of his men he moved forward and destroyed the position.
As the advance continued the fire fight became more intense. When a bypassed German climbed from his foxhole and attempted to tear an Ml rifle from the hands of one of his men, Second Lieutenant Fisher whirled and killed the enemy with a burst from his carbine.
About 30 minutes later the platoon came under the heavy fire of machineguns from across an open field. Second Lieutenant Fisher, disregarding the terrific fire, moved across the field with no cover or concealment to within range, knocked the gun from the position and killed or wounded the crew. Still under heavy fire he returned to his platoon and continued the advance. Once again heavy fire was encountered from a machinegun directly in front. Calling for hand grenades, he found only two remaining in the entire platoon.
Pulling the pins and carrying a grenade in each hand, he crawled toward the gun emplacement, moving across areas devoid of cover and under intense fire to within 15 yards when he threw the grenades, demolished the gun and killed the guncrew. With ammunition low and daybreak near, he ordered his men to dig in and hold the ground already won. Under constant fire from the front and from both flanks, he moved among them directing the preparations for the defense. Shortly after the ammunition supply was replenished, the Germans launched a last determined effort against the depleted group. Attacked by superior numbers from the front, right, and left flank, and even from the rear, the platoon, in bitter hand-to-hand engagements drove back the enemy at every point. Wounded in both feet by close-range machine pistol fire early in the battle, Second Lieutenant Fisher refused medical attention. Unable to walk, he crawled from man to man ncouraging them and checking each position.
Only after the fighting had subsided did Second
Lieutenant Fisher crawl 300 yards to the aid station from which he was
evacuated. His extraordinary heroism, magnificent valor, and aggressive
determination in the face of pointblank enemy fire is an inspiration to
his organization and reflects the finest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
FISHER, ALMOND EDWARD
Updated: 29 September 2000 Updated: 10 November 2001 Updated: 15 February 2003 Updated: 14 September 2005 Updated: 26 March 2006 Updated: 2 November 2008
Photos Courtesy of Holly, November 2008