Cpl Fischer Park
Corporal Irwin Fischer Park
This park honors a New Yorker who enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 75th Joint Assault Signal Company of the Army Air Corps during World War II (1939-1945), Corporal Irwin A. Fischer. His company flew in Saipan, Iwo Jima, New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, and the Philippines.
America entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The battles of the Pacific that Fischer’s company fought in during the years that followed were some of the bloodiest of the war. Two marine divisions landed on the west Pacific island of Saipan on June 15, 1944, hoping to wrest control of the island. The Japanese had controlled Saipan since 1920, and they fought tenaciously. In an air battle on June 14th, the Japanese Naval Air Forces lost 348 planes in a lopsided defeat at the hands of the United States. On October 20, 1944, U.S. forces took Leyte in the Philippines. Seven days later an Allied airstrip began operating, and for the first time since 1942, the U.S. was able to launch missions from the Philippines. Fischer died in the Philippines shortly after these airstrips began servicing planes. Technician 5th Class Irwin Fischer was declared Missing-in-Action (M.I.A.) on November 12, 1944.
Nearby Corporal Irwin Fischer Place was previously known as Highbridge Street, Hennessy Place, and briefly James R. Murphy Place. The name Hennessy likely came from 1918 Bronx Parks Commissioner Joseph Hennessy. Around 1948, a local law renamed Hennessy Place after James R. Murphy, a politician who founded the Bronx Grand Juror’s Association. Residents later successfully lobbied for the previous name to be restored. In 1949 the street was renamed Corporal Irwin Fischer Place.
This property, located at Shakespeare Avenue and 169th Street, was assigned to Parks on September 14, 1995.