Second Lieutenant Almond E. Fisher
Second Lieutenant Almond Edward Fisher is being inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame for Valorous Combat Service. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions above and beyond the call of duty near Grammont, France, during World War II.
Fisher was born on 28 January 1913, in Hume, New York. He joined the Army in 1935 and served as an enlisted man until 1943, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. 2LT Fisher graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 23 July 1943. He was a platoon leader in Company E, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division during the invasion of Southern France. During action near Grammont, France, 12-13 September 1944, Fisher led his platoon in an attack of a strongly defended hill position. Under intense enemy fire, he crawled forward and eliminated a machine gun position. Although wounded in both feet, he continued to lead the platoon and again personally eliminated another machine gun position. Refusing medical attention, he continued the assault to capture the unit’s objective. Only then, did he accept aid. For his heroic actions and leadership, under intense enemy fire, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Lieutenant Fisher went on to dedicate his life to serving veterans and continued his service in the New York Army National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Fisher died at age 68 in 1962 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
His military awards and decorations include the Medal of Honor, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Army Occupation Medal, Germany.