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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr
Birth: May 8, 1925
Death: Apr. 30, 2009
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA

Korean War Fighter Ace. A farm boy from Iowa, he initially enlisted in the US Army and then transferred to the Air Force in 1950. His notable combat record included 105 air combat missions during the Korean War. He was credited with shooting down 10 Soviet-made MiG-15 fighters, qualifying him as a double ace. During his final mission over Korea, although his F-86 Sabrejet was severely damaged by a Chinese fighter pilot, he downed his 11th MiG and then parachuted into Chinese territory just north of the Yalu River on April 7, 1953. Taken prisoner in Manchuria, he joined three other American pilots in a Chinese prison camp where they remained until their release on May 31, 1955, almost two years after the armistice and ceasefire of July 27, 1953. He went on to fly 200 missions (mostly helicopters) during the Vietnam War. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, Fisher learned that Chinese ace Han Decai was credited with shooting him down in 1953 and eventually the two of them met in China where he presented (then) General Han with an F-86 model. Cause of death was complications from surgery. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: May 10, 2009
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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr
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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr
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Col Harold E. Fischer, Jr
Added by: Anne Cady
 
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You were among the best of the best. Thank you for your service to our country.
- A Marine's widow
 Added: Oct. 10, 2014
You were among the best of the best. Thank you for your service to our country.
- A Marine's widow
 Added: Oct. 10, 2014

- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: May. 8, 2014
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