Fred A. Fischer
Ensign Fred Albert Fischer was born September 1, 1930, in Minneapolis. After graduating from Washburn High School, he enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in 1949. Outside of his education, he was active in various clubs, including the Rifle Club, Ski Club, The Tower yearbook staff, Radio Club and Epsilon Pi Tau fraternity. He was president of the Symphonic Singers. Additionally, he was a member of the Naval Reserves. Shortly after graduating in 1952 he entered the Navy full time. He was stationed at San Francisco before leaving for Yokosuka, Japan to take up a position as a Security Officer. Upon arrival in Japan, he suffered fatal injuries and died on November 6, 1952. He is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Engineman First Class Vern Fuller was born in Dallas, Wisconsin on June 17, 1921. He graduated from Barron High School in May 1938 and enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute the following January. He completed three semesters of coursework, including woodworking, machine shop, and electrical work. He enlisted in the Navy and relocated with his wife, Ardythe Lorraine Fuller, to Yokosuka, Japan. On October 12, 1950, Fuller was aboard the Admiral-class mine sweeper USS Pledge in Wonson Harbor near Sin-Do Island in Korea. The vessel struck a mine during an attack from enemy shore batteries and sank. Fuller’s body was not recovered. A marker bearing his name stands at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.