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FISCHER Jr., ARTHUR F. Arthur Frederick "Art" Fischer Jr., Captain, USN (Retired) died of pulmonary fibrosis on March 10, 2010 in San Diego, California . He was 94 years old. Born on July 18, 1915 in Ada, Ohio, Art is the son of the late Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Frederick Fischer, USA (Retired), of San Diego. Art spent much of his youth in the Philippines where his father was Director of Forestry for more than twenty-five years. He attended the Brent School in Baguio, Luzon. After graduation from Point Loma High School in 1933, Art enlisted in the Naval Reserve and successfully competed for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1935. He graduated in the Class of 1939. Art married Donna Platter of Tacoma, Washington in 1941. Art's career began aboard the IDAHO (BB42) and then JOUETT (DD396) in the Atlantic. He spent the greater part of World War II aboard EATON (DD510) and FARENHOLT (DD491) in the South Pacific where he engaged in extensive action against the enemy. While XO of FARENHOLT, Art was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service in the first surface raid on Rabaul, New Britain. In 1944, Lieutenant Commander Fischer became CO of PORTERFIELD (DD682) and later Engineering Officer of COLUMBIA (CL56). After a shore tour as XO of the CIC Training Center in San Diego, Art attended the Navy's first Advanced Guided Missile Course at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1947. Following promotion to Commander, Art was assigned to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Head of Operations Branch. In 1952, he entered the Korean conflict commanding the YARNALL (DD541) and was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star for meritorious service off the coast of Korea. Following two tours ashore from 1954 to 1957, he served as XO of the NORTON SOUND (AVM1) stationed in Port Hueneme, Califomia . Promoted to Captain in 1958, Art took Command of Destroyer Division 52 home ported in San Diego. Then in 1962, following one year at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, Art assumed Command of PONCHATOULA (AO 148) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The next year he was assigned as Chief Staff Officer, Fleet Training Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba . Another short year later, Art was rewarded with his Major Command; Destroyer Squadron 21, home ported in San Diego, and as Squadron Commodore, deployed to Vietnam. He finished his distinguished 30 year career in Command of the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center & Fleet Computer Programming Center, Pacific in San Diego where he retired in 1969 . Following Donna's death in 1972, Art married Betty Beardslee of Bonita, California in 1973. They resided in Point Loma and traveled extensively together. When not on the road, Art enjoyed his cats, gardening, and reading. Betty passed away in 1998. For forty years Art remained physically active in an exercise class with a small group of close friends from the Point Loma area. Their lasting friendship was of great benefit to Art throughout his retirement years. He was a member of the Point Loma Association, USNA Alumni Association, Military Officers Association of America, San Diego Historical Society, San Diego Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum, and Air & Space Museum. Art is survived by his daughter Michen R. Denney of San Diego, son Arthur F. Fischer III of Flagstaff, Arizona, five grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren. A formal Memorial Service is planned at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California where his remains will be interred with Full Military Honors on Sunday, July 18, 2010.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 11, 2010
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