Fisher, a lieutenant in the Army's all
black 366th Infantry Regiment's 92nd
Infantry Division, earned his distinction
during a midnight raid by German forces
in France on September 3, 1918. More
than 50 Germans struck the outpost of
which Fisher was commanded, injuring
several Americans. Though wounded,
Fisher rallied his forces and directed a
counterattack with reinforcements from
a separate American company. The
Germans fled, leaving almost half of their
number wounded on the field. He was
awarded the nation's second-highest
medal, the Distinguished Service Cross,
while he was hospitalized. He would later
receive the Croix de Guerre with a gold
star from the French government,
honoring his heroism.
Fisher was the son of a farmer who
had served in the United States Colored
Army during the Civil War. He served in
the Army at a time when it had only four
authorized black regiments. He was
discharged as a commissioned officer on
March 17, 1919 and then re-enlisted as a
first sergeant. Fisher served 26 years in
the rank of warrant officer and retired
as a chief warrant officer in 1947. He
battled health problems until his death
shortly after his retirement.
The above information from Larry Orr, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 203, Chattanooga, TN 37422.
Aaron R. Fisher, Distinguished Service Cross
Indiana War Memorial documentation:
Aaron R. Fisher of Lyles, Indiana, enlisted in the US Army in 1911 and had risen to the rank of Sergeant before leaving for Europe on June 15, 1918. Shortly after arriving in France, Fisher was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 366th Infantry Regiment of the 92nd Division. The 92nd then entered the French lines near Lesseaux.
On September 3, Fisher displayed exceptional bravery in action when his position was attacked by a much larger German force. Despite being severely wounded in the initial onslaught, he refused to abandon his post, ordering his men to stand and fight. Although it appeared that they would quickly be overwhelmed, Fisher's men fought on against impossible odds until an Allied counterattack drove off the enemy.
Fisher was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for what U.S. Army called his "extraordinary heroism in action." Furthermore, since Fisher's brave stand was made in support of America's French allies, the French bestowed upon him the Croix de Guerre, acknowledging him as "an officer of admirable courage."
Specifically: No burial information known at this time
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Feb 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48482143
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