|H. Edward Fischer
United States Marine Corps
World War I
Herman Edward Fischer was born July 13, 1897 at Rock Spring in O’Fallon Township,
a son of George and Sarah Fischer. He attended O’Fallon Public Schools and
graduated from O’Fallon High School in 1916. During his spare time and over summer
break he worked at the O’Fallon Progress. After high school, he attended Brown’s
Business College in Alton and worked as a ticket agent for the East St. Louis and
Suburban Railway. On May 20, 1917, shortly after America entered World War I, he
enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was the first O’Fallon resident to enlist.
After training, he was assigned to the 81st Company, 6th Machine Gun Battalion as a
rangefinder. He left for overseas duty on Christmas Eve 1917 and landed in France
December 30. During fierce fighting at Chateau-Thierry, he was killed on the battlefield
June 15, 1918. He was the first O’Fallon man to give his life during World War I and
the first O’Fallon High School graduate to die while in service. His body was returned
to O’Fallon in 1921 and he was buried with full military honors at Tiedemann
Cemetery. In respect, all businesses and schools in O’Fallon closed during the
funeral. He was 20 years old and was survived by his parents, sisters Anna, Matilda,
Katherine, Lillie and Stella and brothers George and Walter. When the American
Legion established a post in O’Fallon in 1919, it was named the H. Edward Fischer
Post in his honor.
|He gave his life that we might live free!
Memorial Corner flag raising April 8, 2006
Biography and photo courtesy O’Fallon Historical Society