Robert Fisher was born in 1922, the son of Leon and Anne Fisher who had a farm on Pre-emption Road, near the intersection with Havens Corners Road in Benton. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy along with the Class of 1939. After graduation, he went to work at the American Can Company in Geneva as a machinist. Facing the draft in 1942, he enlisted that September so he could choose his branch of service. He chose the Army Air Corps and was shipped off to Texas and then New Mexico for training.
By the spring of 1944, he earned the rank of Lieutenant and was trained as a pilot on B-24 Liberator bombers. In April of ’44, he and his crew of nine flew their plane to England to become part of the 492nd Bomber Group of the 8th Air Force.