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First Name: Ronald

Last Name: Fisher

Birthplace: CO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Aviation Radioman Petty Officer 2nd Class

Middle Name: Joseph

Date of Birth: 02 November 1921

Date of Death: 04 June 1942

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Second Class

Years Served:
Ronald Joseph Fisher

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Ronald Joseph Fisher
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class, U.S. Navy

Ronald Joseph Fisher was born on 2 November 1921 in Colorado.

Fisher enlisted in the Navy on 3 April 1940. He served as lead Aviation Radioman Second Class with Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) aboard the carrier USS Hornet (CV-8).

At the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942, his squadron, led by Lt. Commander John C. Waldron, was the first to locate and attack the Japanese Imperial Fleet. As lead Radioman, he relayed the Japanese Fleet position to the U.S. Navy Task Force. In overwhelming enemy fighter opposition while making an unsupported attack on Japanese aircraft carriers, Fisher and all fifteen planes and 28 crew of Torpedo Squadron Eight were lost.

Their sacrifice made possible the success of American dive bombers that arrived later to devastate the Japanese carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu, bringing victory at Midway.

Medals and Awards

Fisher was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart, posthumously.


Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Ronald Joseph Fisher was killed in action on 4 June 1942. His body was lost at sea. His name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI.

Honoree ID: 2490   Created by: MHOH




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