Bill Fisher Honored WitliMemorial Plaque
CRISTOBAL, March 13.When an Army C-54 transport, carrying 23 army men, two of them West Point cadets appointed from the Canal Zone, came in through a suddsn heavy rein-storm for a landing at Albrook Field last June 9th, and crashed into a. jagged peak on Taboga Island, killing all aboard, none grieved more sincerely than, the classmates of William Stanley Fisher, of Gatun. one of the two West Pointers coming home for their first summer vacation.
Young Fisher was graduated from Cristobal High School in June. 1945. He was an outstanding student, well liked by his classmates who were proud of his attainment of the honor of going to the United Strtes Military Academy, Last Friday they lound a way of expressing their regard in a manner which ould keep Bill Fisher's name bright and shining in the anna's of Cristobal Hi.
A memorial plaque was made and inscribed with the name of the young alumnus who had died s tragically. It was officiary presented to CHS at special ceremonies held last Friday. March 7. during a general assembly in the CHS Auditorium. Presentation was made by Roy A'twood, president of the Senior Class of '45, Bill's class. Tho plaque was received by George Schulte, currently president f the Student Association of CHS.
The plaque was mounted on the^ center wall pane', below the clock, in the big auditorium in which Bill Fisher was graduated and where he amended many student assemblies. The brief rites performed simply by his classmates were poignantly beautiful, in the youthful sincerity in which they were conducted. Bill Fisher, who didj not live long enough to become a full fledged army officer, is regarded by his c'assmales as a true hero and 'hey have taken this means of honoring his memory. ;
PANAMA, K. P., MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1946
The complete list of casualties in the plane crash on Taboga Island which took the lives of 23 persons was released today by Array officials at Palm Beach, Florida, At the same time, Panama Canal Department Headquarters denied a request by The Panama American for the casualty list.
Death stood Sunday at the Albrook Field military airport with the parents of two Canal Zone boys and wa ited with them for their sons who were en route to the Isthmus to spend a summer vacation.
One of these boysWilliam Stanley Fisher, 18-year-old West Point c^det son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Fisher of Gatun was identified as among the 23 persons killed instantly at 11:13 a.m. Sunday when the_ C-54 Sky-master transport, for which his parents were waiting, cashed into mountainous Taboga Island.
The other Canal Zone boy was John McGinnis, also a West Point cadet, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. MeGi/mis of Balboa. .....
Young Fisher's body was identified positively, but the body of the McGinnis youth, who was known to have been a passenger on the death-plane, had not been identified among the 23 recovered bodies up to the time this edition of The Panama American went to press.
Body Of William Fisher Is Among First 12 Recovered
William Fisher's body Was among the twelve bodies first \ recovered by Army rescue parties who reached Taboga early yesterday afternoon following the crash and explosion of the Army transport plane. :L
The boy's father, employed by the Panama Canal Marina Division at Gatun, told The Panama American today that his ^ son's body has been identified and he had received notification only this morning. c
"An army colonel told us," the broken-hearted father said, i A moment later Mr. Fisher, Broken by grief, asked that he be c excused from talking further.
Wait In Vain
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher went to Albrook Field military airport and waited in vain for .the big plane to bring their son horn* to them. -
Mr. Fisher was unable to tell this newspaper anything with'"! regard to his first receipt of the news that the plane had crashed, killing all aboard.
They left the airport and spent an agonized day and night awaiting the final tragic word that their son was dead.
(Mr. and Mrs. Fisher have two other children, a boy and a-girl, residing at Gatun.)
William was born February 28, 1928, and came to Gatun with his parents in 1929.
The boy was a far-above-average student whose scholastic, social and athletic record stood him in good stead when he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1945. .
Memorial services for William will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gatun Union Church.
| "~T i Educated In Zone |
He was educated in Canal Zone elementary schools and; entered Cristobal High School in 1941 and immediately show-; ed his amazing talent as a I leader and scholar. |
! In his junior year at Cristobal High School he was; elected vice president of the Student Association. The ioU i lowing year, as a senior, he j was elected president of his; class but resis ned the post to j accept the responsible position I of president of the Student Association. i
' At his school he was a mem* ber of the National Honor Society, president of. the Glea Club, a member of the schcoi; band, a star athlete on the j football, baseball, and softball teams and starred in track events.
As a senior with the Cristobal High School graduating class of 1945 he was chosen Valedictorian.
A pianist of no mean ability, this fine upstanding Canal Zone youth presented a number of recitals locally. He was the accompanist at the Gatun Church, and as a Sunday school student at the church he achieved a record of perfect attendance for a period of seven vears.
West Point Cadet William entered West ..Point in July of 1945 and this year stood among the highest five per cent of his class. He was the carilloneur at the West Point chapel. At the Point he was a member of the Glee Club I and during the Academy's tra-! ditional June Week his singing I and playing was broadcast over a nation-wide hook-up.
Of William, whose attributes were acknowledged as outstanding, his Cristobal High School class year book said:
"He is all that is good and
j He is ruler of his estate," ,
IN WEST POINT FQR FOOTBALL GAME Between Army and Oklahoma, Fresident^'Harry S. Truman Inspects the Honor Guard of Cadets Lined Up at Stewart Field on His Arrival by Flarie__irjtni__,
McGinnis Family Awaiting Final
Word fmm Army
John McGinnis, son of Mr. and Mrs, Edward McGinnis of Balboa, was believed to have been a passenger on the C-54 Skymaster which crashed Sunday on Tabo; a with the loss of the lives of all 23 persons a-fcoard.
Mr. McGinnis. who is employed by the Panama. Canal's Estimating Section, Office En-^ gineering Division, at Balboa Heights, told The Panama American today that he saw his son's name on the passenger list while he and Mrs. McGinnis waited at the Albrook Field military airport yesterday.
Today the McGinnis family held desperately to the waning hope that their son might not have been aboard the plane when it departed from Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, yesterday morning en route to the Canal Zone. He. with Fisher a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at, West Point, was en route to Balboa for summer leave.
No word was available up to 1:00 p.m. today whether young McGinnis had been identified anion the .remaining 11 unidentified bodies taken down from the wreckage strewn slones of rugged Taboga Island.
Mr. and Mrs. McGinn's were informed of the crash within an hour of its occurrence. -
They were still waiting at Albrook Field at 12:30. p.m. yesterday an hour and a auarter after the big ship had struck the island mountain when a civilian employe of the Eurport approached and told them the tragic news.
(Mr. and Mrs. Fisher also received the news at the same time.)
If it is established definitely that the McGinnis boy was a-mong the 17 passenger's aboard, pnd that his body i' amonp the remaining n unidentified victim*, it will be the second time that sudden death has struck their family.
Their other child, also a boy, was lost when a sadden pnd fatal illness felled him a few years a:o.
No plans have vet been made for any services for John McGinnis, nending some final word on whether he was actually aboard the ill-starred airnlane.
Meantime, the agony-laden hours crawled on.