Ar­row­town veteran, 92, re­calls navy

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Ar­row­town World War II veteran Al­lan Fisher, 92, was among the large crowd at­tend­ing the town’s An­zac com­mem­o­ra­tions last week.

In World War II he had ‘‘a good few laughs’’ serv­ing in the Royal New Zealand Navy from De­cem­ber 1943 to Jan­uary 1946, he said.

The clos­est Fisher got to ac­tion was when his ship stopped in Lon­don.

‘‘I re­mem­ber the first night we were there ev­ery­one was scut­tling here and there to get down to the un­der­ground sys­tem and we just won­dered what was go­ing on till we heard the sirens go­ing.

‘‘It’s a ter­ri­ble sort of thing to live under, but of course they [civil­ians] did,’’ he said.

An­other time was on the wa­ter, when they were head­ing off to New York, and a sub­ma­rine on the other side of the is­land was bombed.

‘‘To be quiet hon­est you get blase about it be­cause if you hear a siren your only thought is to get some­where with a bit of pro­tec­tion.’’

For over twenty years Fisher has been liv­ing in Ar­row­town and his life has been great.

How­ever, navy was way more fun, he laughed.

MAR­JORIE COOK/FAIRFAX NZ

US sci­en­tists Pro­fes­sor An­gela Olinto and Pro­fes­sor Lawrence Wienke.

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