USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Robert E. "Bob" Pierce, FC3c
Robert E. Pierce passed away on Feb. 9th, 2010. Info. from obit found on the internet by
Oct. 25, 2001
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I [Robert E. Pierce] was born on June 30, 1919 in Corona, California. I attended schools in
Corona and Riverside, California. I earned a B.S. in Agricultural
Economics, and an M.S. in Education.
I joined the Navy on July 15, 1938. After Boot Camp at San Diego,
California, I was assigned to the U.S.S. Idaho (BB42), reassigned to the
U.S.S. Salt Lake City (CA25) in April 1940 in Pearl Harbor. In September
1941, I broke my ankle and was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital,
Pearl Harbor, and was there on December 7, 1941 as the Japanese
attacked. I returned to the Salt Lake City on Tuesday, after the attack.
In March 1942, I was transferred to New Construction School, Washington,
D.C. I was promoted to Fire Controlman 1st Class, and assigned to the
pre-commissary party for the USS Nassau (CVE-16). I served on the
Nassau until February 1944, when I was commissioned to Ensign, USN and
sent to commission the U.S.S. Flint (CL97).
While aboard the Nassau, my job was to keep the 20 and 40mm guns firing
and aligned. Except for practice, the only time the guns were fired at
the enemy was at Attu, in May of 1943.
I remained in the Navy as a Reserve Officer and later as a Limited Duty
Officer (Ordnance). Finally, I retired as a Lt. Commander, USN in 1961
after serving various ships (Baltimore, Boxer, FireDrake) and stations
(Naval Mine Depot Yorktown, Nuclear Weapons, San Dia Base, Naval
Magazine, Guam. I was in 10 battles in the Asiatic-Pacific; on the Boxer
in Korea, Vietnam and China Sea. I was awarded Unit Commendation, all
W.W.II ribbons and medals, Korea ribbons, GCM and Vietnam ribbons.
Other military service memories are the Boxer from San Diego to Tokyo,
July 1950 at start of Korean War, reloading time still stands; Sigmon
Rhea, president of Korea's speech aboard Boxer three weeks before North
Korean attack on July 16, 1950.
I married Beth and we have four children: Robert Jr., Charles, Carol,
Annette; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. During civilian
life, I worked as a quality assurance and test engineer, and director of
quality assurance at Toro Company. I retired on July 31, 1984 and reside
in Riverside, California.
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