Charlotte Minerva Fischer, 99, a Washington native who was a registered nurse in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters during World
War II, died June 7, 2005 of pneumonia at Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where she had lived
Miss Fischer was born in Georgetown, where her father ran the Dutch Market grocery. Her mother died when she was 2. As a teenager, she
took time off from school to care for her stepmother, who died during the influenza epidemic of 1918.
She was a graduate of the old Central High School. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1928 as a
registered nurse. She worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She was also a volunteer nurse with
American Red Cross blood drives.
At the beginning of World War II, Miss Fischer joined an Army hospital unit organized by a Johns Hopkins doctor. She served for two years in
a military hospital on the island of Fiji. In 1944, her unit was sent to Bombay, Calcutta and, by barge, to China, where she cared primarily for
She returned to the United States in 1945 to serve at Fort Pickett, Va., and was discharged with the rank of major. She was awarded the
Legion of Merit.
After the war, she spent eight years as an operating room supervisor at Fort Howard, near Baltimore. She later worked at the Baltimore VA
Medical Center before retiring in 1967.
Miss Fischer was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, formerly in Washington and now in Takoma Park. She lived in
Baltimore before her move to Gaithersburg.
She was an accomplished needlepoint artist, and she traveled to Europe and the South Pacific.
Survivors include a stepbrother and stepsister.