Ralph G. Fisher (1952/06/23)
Ralph George Fisher was born in Oregon on July 12, 1927. Little information regarding his parentage, place of birth or formative years has surfaced; however, his draft records indicate he was a resident of Wasco County, Oregon.
When he enlisted in the US Army at Portland on November 26, 1946, he declared that he was single, had completed two years of high school and was employed in the sheet metal trade.
The Watsonville Register-Pajaronian issue of July 11, 1952, noted that, "Cpl. Fisher was the husband of Mrs. Consuelo Fisher who formerly lived at 3 Linscott court, Alexander Street. [Watsonville]." It is likely that after marrying Consuelo, Ralph Fisher established Watsonville and Santa Cruz County as his residence.
During the Korean War, Ralph G. Fisher was trained as a light weapons infantryman and assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division serving in Korea. In June 1952, Fisher's unit was serving at an area in Korea referred to as the Punchbowl.
“By June Communist guns were hurling over 6,800 shells a day at UN positions. During particularly hotly contested actions, Communist gunners occasionally fired as many as 24,000 rounds a day. UN artillerists repaid the compliment five, ten, and sometimes even twenty-fold, and still not a day went by when Communist and UN soldiers did not clash somewhere along the front line. Then on 15 June 1952, the 35th Infantry Regiment relieved the 27th Regiment from their responsibility of the line. All through the remainder of the month, the 35th "Cacti" Regiment conducted raids on enemy positions in the hope of capturing prisoners of war in order to identify units in contact.”
During this action at the Punchbowl, Corporal Ralph George Fisher was seriously wounded, evacuated and treated, but succumbed from those wounds on June 23, 1952. His body was recovered and returned to the United States for burial at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno California. His awards include the Purple Heart.
(NARA2; NARAK; ABMC; WRP July 11, 1952 1:1;USDVA; 35th Inf Reg History [16 September 2008] http://www.cacti35th. org/regiment/history/korea/1952-01-12.htm)