PFC Walter Melvin Pierce


PFC Walter Melvin Pierce

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Jun 1970 (aged 19)
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

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Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 60611008 View Source

In memory of ...... PFC Walter Melvin Pierce.
*** Private First Class Pierce was a member of Troop G, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. On June 10, 1970, he was in a defensive position in Mondol Kiri Province, Cambodia 20 miles west-south west of Chbar. In returning to his defensive position, Private First Class Pierce had to cross a stream. He was caught in the current and drowned. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

WALTER MELVIN PIERCE - Army - PFC - E3 11th Armored Cavalry
Age: 19
Race: Negro
Date of Birth Mar 17, 1951
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Manley C. Pierce and Mother, Deceased. A brother and three sisters.

His tour began on Jun 10, 1970
Casualty was on Jun 10, 1970
Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Panel 09W - Line 40

Body was not recovered

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

On June 10, 1970, PFC Walter M. Pierce was assigned to a unit that was inside Cambodia well over the 30 kilometer limit. They were set up in a night defensive position in Mondol Kiri Province, Cambodia, about 20 miles west-southwest of the city of Chbar.

That afternoon, while returning to the position with 2 other men, Pierce had to cross a stream which was spanned by two bridges. The stream was deep and extremely swift.

PFC Pierce jumped into the stream with his boots and trousers on with the intent of swimming the stream. He began to encounter difficulty and started to drift downstream.

The other two men attempted to rescue him, but were unable to reach him. After going under 3 times, he disappeared, and an intense search that afternoon and the following morning by the unit failed to locate him.

He is listed among the missing with honor, because his body was never found to be returned to the country he served.


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