Millard B. Fleischer

WWII Vet, Businessman

Millard B. Fleischer, 86, a World War II veteran and retired businessman who spent 30 years with Jos. M. Zamoiski Co., an appliance distributor in the Baltimore-Washington area, died of leukemia Aug. 15 at his home in Chevy Chase.

Before his move to Chevy Chase last year, he had been a Washington resident for more than 50 years.

Mr. Fleischer was born in Baltimore and attended Johns Hopkins University, where he played lacrosse.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific with the Army Air Forces. He held the rank of sergeant and, as an aerial gunner, flew 10 combat missions over enemy territory. He received an official commendation for displaying coolness and concern for his fellow crew members and for his jovial spirit in tight spots.

He also served as combat correspondent for the Far East Air Forces and as field correspondent for Yank magazine and was aboard the battleship Missouri for the ceremony in which Japan surrendered in 1945.

After the war, Mr. Fleischer joined the Zamoiski Co. He rose to the position of vice president in charge of the Zenith division. He retired in 1975.

Mr. Fleischer was an avid card player, a sports enthusiast and a lover of cars. He was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and Woodmont Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sophia Eisenman Fleischer of Chevy Chase; two sons, Charles Fleischer of Los Angeles and Butch Fleischer of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.