Walter Daniel Pierce was born on 2 November 1919 in North Carolina, the son of Daniel Henry Pierce and Alice Nave. Husband of Nancy Pearl Williams and father of 4 children. His son died one day after birth in 1939.
He was killed in action in Obermehlem, Germany. He entered service May 27, 1944 at Camp Shelby, Miss., and served with the 2nd Headquarters infantry Regiment. He received his basic training at Camp Shelby, Camp Craft, S.C. and Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. He was sent overseas November, 1944. He landed in northern France and saw action in Belgium and Germany where he was killed. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Pierce was a textile worker in a local plant before entering service.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Pear Pierce, Carter Boulevard extension; three daughters, Miss Alice May, Mildred and Linda, all of the home; his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Pierce of route 6, Elizabethton; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Rasnick and Mrs. Laurice Hicks of route 1, Elizabethton; four brothers, Raymond, Gaines, Glenn and recruit Ralph D. Glenn, stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga.
Buried at Highland Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN
22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of birth: 2 November 1919
- Date of death: 6 February 1945
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Elizabethton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Highland Cemetery, Elizabethton, Carter County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Bottom Panel
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