|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1908|
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 1927, China|
The Atlanta Constitution
Wednesday, April 6, 1927
Grandson of ‘Sarge Plunkett'
Hector Wier, Atlantan, Dies On U.S.S. Pittsburgh
Killed On Duty in China
By Jack Deane
"In the line of duty."
"Curtly, solemnly, a navy department's dispatch wrote finis to the life and service of an Atlanta boy, Hector Addison Wier, Tuesday night, bringing to his grieving parents word that their son would not return home. Hector, 19 years old, grandson of the late William S. Wier, better known throughout the south as "Sarge Plunkett," humorous columnist in The Constitution for many years, had given the ultimate in the service of his country." [Correction: Hector's father William S. Wier was the son of Addison M. Wier, a.k.a. "Sarge Plunkett."] "The navy department regrets exceedingly to inform you that your son, Hector Addison Wier, fireman third class, attached to the U.S.S. Pittsburgh in Asiatic waters, died on April 5 as the result of a gunshot wound in his chest, incurred in the line of duty." So the government told the Rev. William Wier, pastor of Fortified Hills Baptist church, and his grieving wife, that protection of American citizens in China had exacted its toll - the life of their boy. An accidental shot fired on the bund (?) of Shanghai in the excitement of the moment by a fellow bluejacket found its mark in Addison's chest, killing him. Born and bred in Atlanta, Addison attended this city's schools and received his entire education under the personal guidance of his father. His career in the navy had been a short one - barely two years. "Sarge Plunkett," the boy's grandfather, began his career with The Constitution in 1876 as a printer. Shortly thereafter he turned his writing talent to account in a column which won him national fame. He was also author of "Old Men of Georgia," a widely read book of references on the war of the sixties." (Correction: The title was Old Times in Georgia.) "He remained with The Constitution until a short time before his death six years ago. Rev. Wier in addition to his pastorate at Fortified Hills, pursues his former trade as a printer. In this capacity he served The Constitution for several years, while his father, the illustrious "Sarge Plunkett," made newspaper history in the columns of the same paper. Rev. Wier is now instructing boys of Joe Brown High school in printing. The dead youth is survived also by three sisters, Mrs. Grace Daniel, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clara Ogletree, of Atlanta, and Miss Clara (sic) Wier, of Atlanta; seven brothers, Robert, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Thomas P., of San Diego, Calif., and Dan, Swansea, William, Stewart and Gene, all of Atlanta. Word has been sent the navy department asking that Addison's body be returned for burial to Atlanta, the home he has known for most of his short life. While details of the Atlanta boy's death were lacking in the navy's laconic dispatch, the final tribute was paid, the history of sacrifice told: "In the line of duty."
Atlanta Constitution, June 8, 1927: "The friends of Mr. Hector A. Wier, Rev. and Mrs. William S. Wier, Mr. and Mrs. Tracy L. Daniel, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clara Wier Ogletree, Miss Virginia Wier, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Wier, of San Diego, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wier, Knoxville, Tenn.; Messrs. D.M., Swansea, William Stewart and Jean Wier, Mrs. Mary Britt Wier and Mrs. N.A. Mull, all of Atlanta, are invited to attend the funeral of Mr. Hector Addison Wier Thursday afternoon, June 9, at 2:30 o'clock, at Fortified Hills Baptist Church. Rev. P.L. Maner will officiate. Pallbearers to be selected from the navy department. Interment Hollywood cemetery. Awtry & Lowndes Co., funeral directors."
William Swansea Wier (1872 - 1947)
Clara Virginia Mull Wier (1879 - 1951)
Created by: Ray
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
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