I am R. Fischer, a Navy Veteran of WWII on an Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. CHENANGO. It is my hope that you discover my journals here and find them interesting as I share personal and historical accounts of
World War II.
Maybe we were on the same ship, or you were on one of those tin cans that gave us support. Or maybe you are a youngster learning about the war in school. For all of you here, I would like to welcome you to my website.
About R. Fischer ...
When we were young, we built several houses. I loved working with wood. All through my life it was fix this and fix that. I worked in the printing industry through my working years. Started out as some printers devil. I ran small medium, and large presses, eventually worked up to management, and eventually was the director of printing for a major university. My night school at the university payed off for my family. When I retired, I took up wood carving, and they said I got quite good at it. I would not call my work masters, but I was able to sell some pieces. The birds and poetry on this site are mine. I also took up golfing and all I will say on that is I played at the game. Arthritis in my hands put an end to my wood carving and guitar playing, and old age problems put a halt to my golfing. (Just when I had it figured out.)
July 28 2011
I was referred to your site from a family member who knew I would be interested in learning more about the kind of life my grandfather shared while aboard ship. Regrettably, he passed away before I was aged five from a cancerous condition he developed shortly after he was seriously burned during the fire aboard the ship that you mentioned. Your site gives me a way of knowing more about him. Bless you!!!
May God bless this country with more fighting men and women who value the freedoms you and my grandfather fought so hard to preserve.
I am sorry to hear your grandfather was burned in that tragedy. Wish he could have talked with you about life on Chenango. It was my daughter who suggested that I write my stories, and she built the website. She knew that family members of the crew would be interested. She was correct.
accounts of World War II, as told by a Navy Veteran of WWII on an Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. CHENANGO.