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Fisher, Byron

REVEAL PVT. BYRON FISHER DIED IN JAP PRISON CAMP

Covington, May 23---Mr. and Mrs. Warren Fisher received word earlier this week that their son Pvt. Byron, 23, died in a Japanese prison-of-war camp.

No official date of his death was included in the letter which was sent to the Fishers by General Douglas MacArthur, and the family revealed that their last word from Pvt. Fisher was a letter written on board ship near Honolulu, November 6, 1941.

He was a member of a ground crew in the Army Air Forces and had been sent overseas, it is believed in October 1941, after having trained at Fort Slocum, N. Y. and Fort McDowell and March Field, California. He entered the Army Air Forces in April 1941.

In his last letter he said that he believed his unit was headed for the Philippines. His parents received no other word from him but on April 6, 1942, the War Department notified them that their son was listed as missing. A year later, military authorities said that they were continuing to carry his name on the "missing" list.

Then this week, came the letter from Gen. MacArthur saying that Pvt. Fisher had died in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. No date or other details were included.

He was born in Covington and graduated from Covington High school in 1940. He enrolled in the Hobart Trade school at Troy in October that year and then a month later, began work as a regular employe[sic] there.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Virginia.

The Piqua Daily Call, Piqua, OH 23 May 1945



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