Charles Gilbert Fischer

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Somers, MT

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Private First Class Charles Fischer served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division during WWII. He made the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Iwo Jima, when he bravely defended and protected flamethrower operator, Corporal Woody Williams, during an all-out assault on Japanese machine gun pillboxes.

Fischer was a devoted patriot who served his country during a time when the world needed men like him the most.

Charles Fischer’s fighting spirit and valiant devotion in protecting Corporal Williams resulted in Williams receiving The Congressional Medal of Honor, the Nation’s highest award for valor in action. To this day, Williams (now retired) adamantly believes that the medal he wears is in honor of Private First Class. Fischer and his fellow U.S. Marine Corps who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Age: 20

Date of Death: February 23, 1945

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