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Francis Junior Pierce

  • Birth 7 Dec 1924 Earlville, Delaware County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 21 Dec 1986 Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 7943753

WW II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Pharmacist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy serving with 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division at the Iwo Jima campaign. On March 15, 1945, under heavy enemy fire he took charge of rendering first aid and the evacuation of wounded casualties. To save two patients, he deliberately exposed himself to Japanese attackers from a cave and with the last of his ammunition he destroyed there position Lifting the first wounded man to his back, he carried him across 200 feet of open terrain and then returned back through the crossfire to retrieve the second man. The following morning, he led a combat patrol and while aiding a stricken Marine, was seriously wounded. Refusing aid, he directed treatment for the casualty and at the same time maintained a protective fire for his comrades. His other awards included the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart. After the war he joined the Grand Rapids police force and rose from patrolman to Deputy Police Chief. Cause of death, cancer.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 3 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7943753
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Junior Pierce (7 Dec 1924–21 Dec 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7943753, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .