Larry Stanley Pierce (1941 - 1965)

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Birthplace: Wewoka, Oklahoma, USA
Death: Died in South Viet Nam
Cause of death: KIA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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Immediate Family

    • Verlin
    • Theresa
    • Kelly
    • Greg
    • Roy
    • Lillie
    • Roy
    • Lloyd
    • Nina
    • Robert
    • Betty
    • Gerald

About Larry Stanley Pierce

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant Larry Stanley Pierce (ASN: 19597808), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, 173d Airborne Brigade, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Ben Cat, Republic of Vietnam, on 20 September 1965. Sergeant Pierce was serving as squad leader in a reconnaissance platoon when his patrol was ambushed by hostile forces. Through his inspiring leadership and personal courage, the squad succeeded in eliminating an enemy machinegun and routing the opposing force. While pursuing the fleeing enemy, the squad came upon a dirt road and, as the main body of his men entered the road, Sergeant Pierce discovered an antipersonnel mine emplaced in the road bed. Realizing that the mine could destroy the majority of his squad, Sergeant Pierce saved the lives of his men at the sacrifice of his life by throwing himself directly onto the mine as it exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted loss of life and injury to the members of his squad. Sergeant Pierce's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 7 (February 24, 1966)

Action Date: 20-Sep-65

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Headquarters & Headquarters Company

Battalion: 1st Battalion (Airborne)

Regiment: 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade

Division: 173d Airborne Brigade

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Sgt Larry S Pierce's Timeline

July 6, 1941
Wewoka, Oklahoma, USA
September 20, 1965
Age 24
South Viet Nam
Wasco, Kern, California, USA