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WO Gerald Dupree Pierce

Toomsboro, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA
Death 9 Nov 1995 (aged 83)
Nicklesville, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA
Burial Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 73238313 · View Source
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Number: ______-____-________
Issued in: Virginia
Birth date: 26 May 1911, Wilkinson County, Georgia.
Death date: 9 Nov 1995, Wilkinson County,
Nicklesville, Georgia

Actual Birth Date: 26 May 1912

Gerald DuPree Pierce was born at home 26 May 1912, in Wilkinson Co., Stephensville, Ga. Gerald was the youngest of seven children. Four of Ira & Jane's children died young. {Before Gerald was born.}
Even though Gerald was born at home in Wilkinson County,
Stephensville, Georgia area, the mailing address for a time was Toomsboro, then Stephensville and back to Toomsboro, Ga. {The center of Stephensville was and is at the intersection of the Toomsboro Road and the Hawkinsville Road. {Now Georgia Highway 112.} Today there are less than ten homes and families in this area. No stores or Post Office. Today most people do do not know that there was a community/town at the intersection of Ga.Hwy. 112 & Toomsboro Rd.
Gerald's mother, Valeria Jane Stanley Pierce died of Breast Cancer 7 March 1923. {Dad was 10 years old at the time his mother died.} The funeral services were held in Mrs. R. Stanley Private Family Graveyard at Big Sandy Baptist Church by Rev. John Edgar Townsend. Dad told me that at this time he did not know that his mother had died or what was going on. All that he remembered was playing on a pile of dirt beside a hole in the ground with Forrest & James Townsend. (Rev. John Edgar Townsend's sons.) They put a box in the hole and put the dirt on the box in the hole. {Dad said that he did not know that his mother was in the box.}
After the funeral for Gerald's mother, Valeria Jane Stanley Pierce on 8 March 1923, Gerald's father, Ira Edgar Pierce, told Gerald that he was going to go on the river, and that he was to stay with Cousin Allen Dixon. He was to work on the farm to earn his keep. That he would be back to get him.
Dad found out later that his Dad did go on the river and another place in Georgia. {Dad found out later were Ira went. As far as I know, I am the only one alive today that knows where Ira went.}
Dad worked and lived with the Dixon's for over two years. It was on a Friday in April 1925, when Gerald was in a field plowing that he saw Ira walking down the road. When he came in from plowing that night Cousin Allen told Gerald that his Dad had stopped by and demanded any pay that was due Gerald and any money that he was saving for him or did he have to get the Sheriff to get it for him? Cousin Allen told Gerald that he had to give it to Ira and that he was sorry but he had to.(Dad told me that he was planing on going into Dublin the next day and buy a bicycle.)
After Ira came back they moved around for the next three years with Gerald doing farm work and ending up in Macon, Ga. Dad was working in a factory and living with his father and paying all the bills in Macon, Ga. When in July 1929 Ira for the fourth time that year picked up his pay from the factory and spent it on one of his girlfriends and her children. With part of Dad's pay he bought a bicycle for his girlfriend's son. After this Gerald decided to get away from his father and out of town. To go some place were Ira could not find him or could not do anything about it if he did find him..
On 17 July 1929 Gerald left Macon, Georgia and went to the U. S. Post Office in Fulton Co., Atlanta, Ga. Gerald went to enlist in the Army or Navy. Due to his age the Army and Navy Recruiters told him that he was to young and they did not need any one at that time, but come back when he was eighteen years old.
The Marine Corps Recruiter heard the conversation between the Army and Navy Recruiters and Gerald. As Gerald was leaving the Marine Corps Recruiter stopped Gerald and said, "I heard you tell the Army and Navy Recruiters that you were born May 26, 1912. That makes you seventeen years old. At seventeen you are to young to enlist in any branch of the military. You have to be eighteen years old to enlist in any branch of military service! Now listen to me and what I am about to say, "You are a seventeen year old boy now. You turn around and walk out of this building as a seventeen year old boy. Close the door behind you. Do not open that door again until you are a eighteen years old man. When you open that door again you will be a eighteen year old man. Come back in and tell me your name that you are eighteen years old and you were born May 27,1911. Do you understand what I am saying and telling you?" Dad said, Yes Sir. He turned around and walked outside closing the door behind him. Then he turned around and went back into the Post Office. He walked up to the Marine Corps Recruiter and said, "My name is Gerald DuPree Pierce, I am 18 years old and I was born May 27, 1911". The Recruiter accepted Gerald for enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps July 17, 1929.
In Beaufort County, S. C. Gerald had his Physical in the U. S. Naval Hospital, U.S.M.C.R.D., {United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot} Parris Island, S.C. He passed his Physical for the Marine Corp. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps, at U.S.M.C.R.D., Parris Island, S.C. on 22 July 1929 for four years.
Most people today do not even know this. This is why on all the Official Records have him, born May 27, 1911 (Some have May 26, 1911. in Toombsboro, Wilkinson Co.,Ga.)
While Cpl. Gerald DuPree Pierce was dating Carrie Love Johnson in Richmond, Va. He meet her older sister Rachel. When Carrie & Gerald broke up , Gerald started dating Rachel.
Cpl. Gerald DuPree Pierce & Rachel Caster Johnson were married 25 August 1939 on Clay Hill in Richmond,VA. by Rev. Ernist Irwin. Ernist ended up marring Bessie Lee Johnson. The daughter of my great grandfather, John Jackson "Jack" Johnson, Bessie was my grandfather's sister and my mother's Aunt.
Dad told everybody/everyone, "On 25 August 1939 Rachel married me for my money and she got it all. All $24.00 dollars a month." $24.00 a month was all that he was being paid at that time.
December 21, 1939, U.S.M.C.D., Quantico, Virginia. Gerald's SRB [Service Record Book] show him as being married at the time of his promotion to Sgt. E-4. [Sergeant] Sgt, Pierce was the BTRYGUNSGT, FMF. [Battery Gunnery Sergeant, Fleet Marine Force.]
Sgt. Pierce and Rachel had a son born in the U. S. Naval Hospital, U.S.M.C.D., Quantico, Va. September 1940, and named him Gerald Lee Pierce. Sgt. Pierce went to Cuba for six months in October 1940. When Sgt. Gerald D. Pierce returned from Cuba in April 1941. Gerald & Rachel renewed their marriage vows 25 April 1941 in Lee Co., Ft. Myers, FL. One of the reasons was so that Gerald's father, sisters and their families would be able to see him renew his marriage vows.
U. S. Naval Hospital, U.S.M.C.R.D. Parris Island, S.C. Plt.Sgt. Gerald Pierce and his wife Rachel Pierce had a daughter born 15 January 1942. {Rachel Valeria "Sis/Little Rachel" Pierce} Sis was born blind.
Warrant Officer Gerald DuPree Pierce retired from the United States Marine Corps in August 1959 after over thirty years of service in the Marine Corps.
While a Machine Gun Gunner in the "MG" Co., 2nd. Regt., 1st. Mar. Brig., Port Au Prince, Haiti. He was in action {combat} in Haiti.
June 12, 1931, promotion to PFC E-2. {Private First Class} while in Haiti.
December 1933, Appointment to Corporal E-3 U. S. Marine Corps By C. W. Nimitz, Capt, U.S. Navy Commanding, U.S.S. Augusta (CA-31).
July 12, 1937 to November 10 1938, "D" Co., 4th. Regt., Shanghai, China. Participated in the defense of the International Settlement in Shanghai, China during the Sino Japanese engagements 19 September 1937 to 16 February 1938.
October 9, 1941, "D" Bat., 2nd. Bn., 11th. Mar., 1st. MarDivi., {FMF} MarBar., P.I., S.C. promoted to Plt.Sgt E-5
March 4, 1943, Marine Amphibian Tractor Detchment, Dunedin, FL. Promation to GySgt. E-6. {Gunnery Sergeant}
October 21, 1943, MarAmpTraDet, Dunedin, FL. Promotion to Master Sergeant E-7. {There were only 7 enlisted pay grades untill 1959. Then it went to 9 enlisted pay grades.}
June 15, 1944, action against the enemy Saipan, Mariana Islands. WW II.
July 24, 1944, action against the enemy Tinian, Mariana, Islands. WW II.
Due to service and action on Saipan & Tinian was promoted as follows.
November 30, 1944 promotion to Warrant Officer {W. O.-1} for pay purpose prior service 15 years, 3, months and 27 days.
February 19, 1945, action against the enemy on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. WW II.
A months base pay for a Warrant Officer in 1945 was $150.00 a month.


1. Combat Action Ribbon w/3 Bronze Stars.
2. Presidential Unit Citation w/3 Bronze Stars.
3. Good Conduct Medal w/3 Bronze Stars.}
4. Haitian Campaign Medal.
5. China Expeditionary Medal.
6. China Service Medal.
7. American Defense Medal w/1 Bronze Star.
8. Asiatic Pacific Medal w/3 Bronze Stares.
9. American Theater.
10. World War II Victory Medal.

Expert Rifle Medal Sharpshooter Pistol Medal

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U.S.M.C. & Emblem
1929 - 1959
W.O. U.S. Marine Corps
World War II





  • Created by: G. L. "Bill" Pierce
  • Added: 12 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73238313
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for WO Gerald Dupree Pierce (26 May 1912–9 Nov 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73238313, citing Mrs. R. Stanley Private Family Graveyard, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by G. L. "Bill" Pierce (contributor 47480065) .