Martin O. Fleisher, 97, of Long Valley died Dec. 10, 2017. He grew up in Newark and moved to Long Valley over 40 years ago.
Mr. Fleisher worked for many years as a radio station transmitter engineer.
He graduated from Weequahic High School, Newark.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving from January 1943 until May 1945. An Army Air Force co-pilot of the “Mama Liz,” a B-26 Marauder twin-engine bomber stationed in England, he flew 65 missions with the 397 Bomb Group, including low-level bombing of German gun positions on D-Day and high-altitude bombing of railroad marshaling yards and bridges during the Allied advance across Europe. He was discharged as a first lieutenant.
He was commander of the American Veterans Association Post 1776 in Long Valley and was an honored member of Jewish War Veterans Post 740 in Livingston.
As a volunteer, he frequently spoke of his experiences to area groups, telling how his childhood ambition of flying had been realized. In 2017 he was named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Recreation Department of Washington Township.
Predeceased by his wife, Felicia, he is survived by his children, Ben, Mark, and Susan.
Arrangements were handled by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Interment with full military honors is planned for May in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.