of Carolyn Fischer: April 2008
Richard L. Fischer, 78, an Army Colonel and
Vice President of Government Affairs for Amoco Oil Company, died of congestive
heart failure December 29, 2007 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived
in Alexandria, Virginia.
Colonel Fischer represented the oil industry
in Washington, D.C., for 14 years until his retirement in 1992.
He was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (near
Pittsburgh) in 1929. As a gifted athlete, he was scouted while in high
school by Paul Brown, Ohio State’s famous football coach and from 1946
to 1952 he played professional minor league baseball for the Boston Braves
farm system. While playing baseball, he was appointed to West Point, but
decided to forego attending and in 1949 married his high school sweetheart,
In 1953, after four years of enlisted service,
he entered the Army (Air Defense Artillery) and was commissioned through
Officer Candidate School at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Some of his first assignments
were in Japan as Battery Commander of the 29th AAA Battalion and then in
1956 as the Assistant Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, Artillery.
In 1962, he was the Intelligence Advisor to
the Chief of the Royal Thai Army in Bangkok, where he commanded the largest
ever counterinsurgency field exercise which involved 11 battalion combat
teams, 14,000 troops, and para-military forces, operating in widely separated
remote areas of Thailand.
In 1966, he received his bachelor of arts degree
in history from Park College in Parksville, Missouri. After being promoted
to Lieutenant Colonel in 1966, he served as Commander of the 3rd Battalion,
517th Artillery (HERCULES) Division at Selfridge Air Force Base in Detroit,
In 1972, he was promoted to Colonel, graduated
from the U.S. Army War College, and received his master of science degree
in mass communications from Shippensburg State College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
He served as Chief of the U.S. Senate Liaison
Division to the Secretary of Defense from 1974 to 1977. After turning down
a promotion to brigadier general, Col. Fischer retired from the Army in
Colonel Fischer’s work as Vice President of
Government Affairs for Amoco Oil Company involved working and traveling
with senators, as well as briefing senators daily on oil industry-related
matters. He served as Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s General
Committee on Federal Relations, and on the Chemical Manufacturers Association’s
Government Relations Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and
Natural Resources Committee, the Washington International Business Council,
and the Meridian House Board of International Governors.
While a career military officer, Colonel Fischer
was awarded numerous medals, including the National Defense Service Medal,
the Army Commendation Medal (three times), the Joint Service Commendation
Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
and the Legion of Merit Medal.
His wife of 58 years, Lois Streiner Fischer,
died on 4 April 2008 and was laid to rest with him in Arlington National
Cemetery. He is survived by three children, Ann Fischer Nguyen of
Alexandria, Michael Fischer of Potomac Falls, and Carolyn Fischer of Alexandria,
and two granddaughters.
Colonel Richard Leo Fischer, U.S. Army (Air Defense
Artillery (ADA)), Retired
Date of Birth: 16 March 1929
Place of Birth: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Date Commissioned: 19 March 1953
Date Retired: 30 June 1977
Date of Death: 29 December 2007
Date Buried at Arlington National Cemetery:
7 February 2008, Section 64, Plot 6212
Spouse: Lois Fischer (married 58 years)
Date of Birth: 12 April 1926
Date of Death: 4 April 2008
Date Buried at Arlington National Cemetery:
23 April 2008, Section 64, Plot 6212
Children: Three (Ann, Michael, and Carolyn)
Enlisted service--nearly four (4) years.
1953 Commissioned from Officer Candidate School
(OCS); attended Battery Officer and Advanced Officer courses with a tour
as an instructor in between—Fort Bliss, Texas.
1953 to 1954 S1 & Battery Commander, 509th
AAA Battalion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1954 to 1956 Battery Officer, Battery Commander
& S3, 29th AAA Battalion, Japan.
1956 to 1957 Assistant S3, 1st Cavalry Division,
1957 S3, 7th Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas.
1958 to 1959 Instructor, C & S Department,
U.S. Army Air Defense Systems (USAADS),
Fort Bliss, Texas.
1959 Battery Commander, 5th Missile
Battalion (HAWK), 57th Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas.
1959 to 1960 Instructor, HAWK Missile Department,
USAADS (HAWK-guided missile systems), Fort Bliss, Texas.
1961 Attended and graduated U.S. language
school (Thai), Monterey, California.
1961 Attended and graduated Artillery
and Missile School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
1962 to 1964 Intelligence Advisor to Chief,
Army Field Force, Royal Thai Army, Bangkok, Thailand (counter insurgency).
1965 Graduated from Command and General
Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
1966 Graduated from Park College, Parksville,
Missouri, B.A. in History (3.9 GPA, top third of class).
1966 Chief, Weapons System Division, Headquarters,
U.S. Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM), Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1967 Promoted to rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
1966 to 1968 Commander (Commanding Officer),
3d Battalion, 517th Artillery (HERCULES), Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan
1968 to 1969 Executive Officer to Deputy Chief
of Staff, Personnel, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea.
1969 to 1970 Deputy Chief, Plans and Operations
Division, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison for the Secretary
of the Army, Washington, D.C.
1970 to 1972 Deputy Director, Budget Authorization,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, Washington,
1972 to 1973 Special Assistant to the Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, Washington, D.C.
1973 Promoted to rank of Colonel.
1973 to 1974 Attended and graduated from U.S.
Army War College.
1973 to 1974 Attended and graduated from Shippensburg
State College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, M.S. in Mass Communications.
1974 to 1977 Chief, Senate Liaison Division,
Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison for the Secretary of the Army,
1977 Turned down promotion to rank of General.
1977 Retired (Honorable Discharge).
1977 to 1992 Vice President of Government
Affairs, Amoco Oil Co., Washington, D.C.
of Duty: Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
(ARCOM 2 OLC)
Joint Service Commendation Medal and Ribbon
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification
Badge (OSD Ident Bad)
Legion of Merit (First Oak Leaf Cluster) (LM
Meritorious Service Commendation Medal (MSM)
Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
(ARCOM 2 OLC)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM)
General Staff Identification Badge (GS Ident
FISCHER, RICHARD LEO
COL US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/16/1929
DATE OF DEATH: 12/29/2007
BURIED AT: SECTION 64 SITE 6212
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
24 April 2008 Updated: 26 April 2008