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Maj Donald Pierce

Discussion in '479th FG' started by Tim M, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Tim M

    Tim M New Member


    I'm looking for some basic information on Maj. Donald J. Pierce, who was one of the last COs of the 434th Fighter Squadron. Specifically - what he did post war and the date of his passing.

    Maj. Pierce served with the 4th Fighter Group prior to joining the 479th and we are looking for the information so we can complete his profile page on our website. The usual online resources have yielded no tangible results. If anyone has a copy of his obituary and can send it along that would be a great help.

    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Kind regards,

    Tim McCann
    Association of the 4th Fighter Group
  2. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

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  3. Tim M

    Tim M New Member

    Hi Hal,

    Thanks for responding. Yes that's about the only thing out there. I have a book on the 479th too, and there isn't much there. One of the things that hinders the search on census sites and the SSDI is that Donald Pierce is not an uncommon name, so any search returns a fairly large nuber of possibilities.

  4. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

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  5. Tim M

    Tim M New Member


    Thanks for responding. I have seen that, but have been unable to find any corroborating information to go along with it. Have also seen some other bits which conflict with it, nothing for sure that ties in with it.

  6. Peter Randall

    Peter Randall New Member

    Tim, from "Setonia" as the nose-art, you might try looking in the area of Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ. That was most likely the inspiration for his choice. If so, then you might narrow things down a little to the New Jersey area. See: http://library.shu.edu/c.php?g=280441&p=1868600
  7. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

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  8. Tim M

    Tim M New Member

    Hey Peter,

    Long time! Thanks - that's a salient point. WIl lgo that route - may cut down on potential Pierce entries by 49 states!

  9. Tim M

    Tim M New Member

    Hi Hal,

    Thanks again! That site actually has three entries for Maj Pierce (2 for 479th; one for the 4th - which references out site!). Serial hasn't returned anything to date either. (we have that on file)

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  11. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Based on Pierce's serial number, it would appear that he was commissioned before November 1941. When a class graduated, the men were assigned serial number in sequence for that particular graduating class. Thus, men in his same class would have ASNs very close to his. On page 12 of the following is a list of men who were sailing with the 27th BG to the Philippine Islands in November, 1941.

    http://www.3rdattackgroup.org/resources/Operation_Plum/27th_Reports/The 27TH REPORTS Text Only.pdf

    Note the number of 2nd Lts who have numbers very close to Pierce's O-424723.

    Horace B Patterson O-424720 (Horace becomes a POW).
    George S Davis, O-424717. (Also a POW and still listed as missing).
    Paul Dugan, O-424718. (POW and still listed as missing).
    While it may seem odd that these men are in a BG (not a fighter group) the 27th BG was flying A-24s which is a single engine plane (a version of the Douglas SBD).

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  12. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    A little more on Horace B Patterson, Jr. (from North Carolina). Here is his enlistment record.


    A curious thing is his date of enlisment, given as 30 December, 1940. This is the same enlistment date as we saw in post #4 for the Donald J Pierce from Alliance, Ohio.

    Here is an extract from a diary kept by Horace.


    Note, according to the diary extract, Horace was commissioned at Hunter Field, Savanna Georgia in 1941.

    Paul Dugan also joined the army as an aviation cadet on 30 December, 1940 as did George S Davis.


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  13. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    To definatively rule the Donald J Pierce from Alliance Ohio in or out, you may need to order his obit. It appeared in "The Alliance Review" on 22 January 1998.
    You can order a copy from the Rodman Public Library in Alliance.


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