I have a copy of his miliary service records (what they would give me) and the here is a copy of the citation for the Navy Cross signed by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy on August 9, 1947:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT BYRON E. FISHER UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For extraordinary heroism while attached to Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 13 March 1945. Participated in an attack against hostile forces entrenched in pillboxes, caves and spider traps, First Lieutenant Fisher gallantly led his platoon down a ravine to overrun the enemy position. Despite severe wounds received when the enemy launched a furious counterattack before his position could be consolidated, he promptly and without consideration for his own safety helped put a captured Japanese machine gun into action, thus aiding materially in repelling the enemy. By his dauntless initiative, indomitable fortitude and cool decision in the face of fanatic opposition, First Lieutenant Fisher contributed materially to the success of the operations, and his conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life of his country."
There is more to the story on Iwo Jima.On February 28th he was wounded in action with a concussion blast and spent three days on a medical ship. The doctor said he would have kept Earl out of battle, but he insisted on rejoining his platoon.On March 1 he was promoted to 1st Lt. (but many documents list him as 2nd Lt.). Theron Harward, a Platoon Sergeant, gave the witness account.
I am interested in talking to anyone who served with him.He was also a phenomenal basketball star going to the state H.S. championships in 1938 and is in the Wittenberg Hall of Fame for basketball. He was engaged to be married and wanted to be a teacher and coach.
Much has been written about him, but I have nothing that he said in his own words. Much of my appreciation of veterans comes from learning about his life and other family members who served in war.