SGT LARRY S. PIERCE 
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Name: LARRY S. PIERCE
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade.
Place: Near Ben Cat, Republic of Vietnam
Date: 20 September 1965
Entered service at: Fresno, Calif.
Born: 6 July 1941, Wewoka, Okla.
G.O. No.: G.O. No.: 7, 24 February 1966.
 
Citation: 

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.

 

 
Additional Data:

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: PIERCE

First name: LARRY STANLEY

Home of Record (official): TAFT

State (official): CA

Date of Birth: Sunday, July 6, 1941

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SSG

Serial Number: 19597808

Component: Regular

Posthumous promotion as indicated

Pay grade: E5

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11C40

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Thursday, March 4, 1965

Date of Casualty: Monday, September 20, 1965

Age at time of loss: 24

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Unknown/Not Reported

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