The Joseph M. Fisher World War II Collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Joseph Fisher's mother, Vanchie Fisher, about her son's experience in the Army. The scrapbook is made up primarily of letters from Fisher to his parents written from December 1942 until October 1945. Other materials included in the collection are mementos sent home by Fisher that were not fastened to the scrapbook, inserts from envelopes containing allotment checks and newspaper clippings. This digital collection includes the scrapbook in its entirety and digital copies of items in the scrapbook.
Use the links provided below to browse the Joseph Fisher World War II Scrapbook by format:
Joseph Fisher was raised in Muncie, Indiana and served as a member of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II. He was inducted into the Army on December 23, 1942 and began his training at Camp San Luis Obispo in the Mojave Desert. Joseph married Mary Catherine Kabel shortly thereafter on April 11, 1943. The 607th was then moved to Camp Cooke in Santa Maria, California until the Battalion was called upon for overseas duty in March 1944.
Fisher and the 607th received further training in England in between April and June 1944 before going into battle on Utah Beach in Normandy on June 17, 1944. The 607th swiftly cut across France and Germany through 1944 and 1945, with Fisher serving much of his time as an anti-tank gun crewman. Fisher was promoted to Private First Class in December 1944, Corporal in May 1945 and Sergeant in June 1945. He earned the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Victory Medal, and the European Theater Ribbon with five major battle stars for service in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. Fisher also earned the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on April 21, 1945. Fisher finally returned home to Muncie on November 9, 1945 and was honorably discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on December 2, 1945.
Archives and Special Collections