Recipient Detail



Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Headquarters Company
Division: 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade
Born: 6 July 1941, Wewoka, Okla.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Fresno, Calif.
G.O. Number: 7
Date of Issue: 02/24/1966
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Ben Cat, Republic of Vietnam, 20 September 1965


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. 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, Sgt. Pierce discovered an antipersonnel mine emplaced in the road bed. Realizing that the mine could destroy the majority of his squad, Sgt. 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. Sgt. 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.