William RICHARD Bisher

William RICHARD Bisher

Male 1922 - 1945  (23 years)

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  • Name William RICHARD Bisher  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 4 Jan 1922  Alpha?, Ohio (at home) Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Bookbinder, Laboratory Technician (Motion Picture), Shipping Clerk, Carpenter (1940) and Soldier in WW II  [4, 7
    Died 1 May 1945  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Oct 1948  Springfield, Ohio (Ferncliff Cem. Soldier's Mound r3 g14) Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I1592  Bishir Family | Jonathan & Elizabeth Bishir
    Last Modified 3 May 2013 

    Father Lee Bisher,   b. 23 Dec 1894, Frankfort, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1966, Springfield, Ohio (Mercy Hospital) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Dorothy MAY (Mae) Taylor,   b. 4 May 1894, New Vienna, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1983, Springfield, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1917  Xenia, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Family ID F849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Rosetta Lewis,   b. 24 Dec 1924, Clark Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 2009, Bradenton, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1942  ? Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F852  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    BISHER, William Richard, World War II
    BISHER, William Richard, World War II
    BISHER, Richard with the Engle children
    BISHER, Richard with the Engle children
    BISHER, Dorothy & Lee with their son, Richard during WW II. Dorothy was a 3 star mother - she had three sons in the army - note placard in the window.
    BISHER, Dorothy & Lee with their son, Richard during WW II. Dorothy was a 3 star mother - she had three sons in the army - note placard in the window.
    BISHER: obituaries for Lee, Mae, Donald and William Richard
    BISHER: obituaries for Lee, Mae, Donald and William Richard
    Contributed by Linda Bowers Osborne
    BISHER, Mae with Don, Harold and Richard and Betty on the way.
    BISHER, Mae with Don, Harold and Richard and Betty on the way.
    Contributed by Linda Bowers Osborne
    BISHIR, Richard with friend - probably in Texas with the CCC
    BISHIR, Richard with friend - probably in Texas with the CCC
    Contributed by Linda Bowers Osborne

    Documents
    BISHER, William Richard, WW II Death Record
    BISHER, William Richard, WW II Death Record
    Contributed by Doug Bisher
    BISHER burials in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio
    BISHER burials in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio
    Contributed by Doug Bisher
    BISHER, Harold & Don newspaper article (also mentions Richard)
    BISHER, Harold & Don newspaper article (also mentions Richard)
    Contributed by Linda Bowers Osborne

    Headstones
    BISHER, William Richard
    BISHER, William Richard
    Contributed by Gloria Spencer

  • Notes 
    • Richard was a Sgt. in the tank corps under Gen. Patton in WW II (service #35614316) during the last drive into Germany. (His brother, Harold, said that he had served in the Battle of the Bulge.) His tank ran into a tank trap and, after they had knocked the tank trap out, he was coming up out of the tank to survey the area when a sniper picked him off. He lived long enough to be taken back to Luxemburg where he died on May 1, 1945. He was first buried in Luxemburg. After the war, his wife asked for the body to be moved to Springfield. Immediately following his death his wife, Anna, went to Columbus, Ohio, to receive the silver star in his honor.

      Research Notes: (from Doug Bisher) Harold remembered he had served in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 16, 1944 - Jan 25, 1945) but his obituary says he did not go overseas until Feb. 1945. Also, his headstone indicates he was in the 24th Tank Battalion, 13th Armored Division, which disembarked in LeHavre, France on Jan 29, 1945 ( http://www.13tharmoreddivision.org/).
       
      Also, both the article about Don and Harold and the obituary indicate that that Richard was reported missing in action since May 1. The obituary also indicates he was killed in action on that date. It would seem like that would means he was not missing April 30. According to the website above, by April 30th, 24th Tank Battalion, 13th Armored Div. was operating in Bavaria near Malgersdorf and that is about 650 km from Luxembourg. It also mentions that two tanks were knocked out that morning. Could one of these have been Richard's tank?

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] Interview with Harold Earl Bisher and Marie Mendenhall Bisher -3, (EF#8, SN#10, 15 Jan 1977).

    2. [S265] Obituary of Richard Bisher (1945), (EF#3, SN#3, 9 Jan 1977).

    3. [S74] U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945.

    4. [S1499] 1940 United States Census.

    5. [S65] Interview with Harold Earl Bisher and Marie Mendenhall Bisher -2, (EF#8, SN#8, 1 Jan 1977).

    6. [S63] Interview with Harold Earl Bisher and Marie Mendenhall Bisher, (EF#8, SN#9, 9 Jan 1977).

    7. [S435] WW II Enlistment record.

    8. [S836] Burial records for Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, OH.

    9. [S745] Certified copy of marriage application for Lee Bisher, (EF#28, SN#43, 3 Mar 1977).

    10. [S1473] Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958.