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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Birth:
01 Nov 1947 1
Death:
27 Oct 1967 1
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Full Name:
Merrick Robert Pierce 1
Birth:
01 Nov 1947 1
Male 1
Death:
27 Oct 1967 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 19 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 27 Oct 1967 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Portland, OR 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Battalion:
1st Bn 1
Company:
C Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E3 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
Regiment:
4th Marines 1
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
13 Apr 1967 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 85 1
Panel: 28E 1

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Thank you Marine for your dedication, loyalty, and duty to our nation and to our Corps...

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

God Bless  You

I think its important to put a context to someone's death. We have however only a glimpse of the events, a microcosm of a larger whole. Our piece of the battle. We can only report what we see and hear not what is being  seen and heard by the rest of our comrades. That is why there is so little information on the circumstances that led to the death of most of the fallen on TWS. Not so with LCpl Pierce. Three of us were there to report back and one of us was with him when he was KIA. So this is what I, Jake Jacobs and Bill Peck recall happened on 10/27/67 the day Lance Corporal Pierce, a member of Jakes fireteam, bought the farm.
Remembrance of Edward Burke, Cpl (Ret) USMC Names of Brothers and Officers Involved
Lt John Dawson and I were the artillery FO team attached to Bravo 1/4 from Golf Battery 3/12 during Operation Granite . According to Marine Corps AA report, Granite lasted from 10/26/67-11/6/67 and resulted in 25 KIA in the field, 2 DOA at Phu Bai 3rd Med Bn and 110 WIA, 88 of which were medevac. Fourteen were killed on Friday the 27th, at least one from all four companies, but seven were from Bravo, nine counting Corpsman HM3 Kenny Sommes and FO Lt. Dawson who were attached to Bravo from other units. 31 were WIA. The KIA in addition to John Dawson, 2nd Lt, 24 from Arian MI, (who was awarded the Navy Cross Posthumously that day) were

DAVID P BETTS, LCpl, Age 23, Seattle, WA

ROBERT M CARLOZZI, LCpl, Age 20, Wheaton, MD

DOUGLAS F CLEMMONS, Pfc, Age 19, Westville, FL

MICHAEL J FONSECA, Pfc, Age 20, Gardner, KS

WILLIAM R HACKETT JR, LCpl, Age 21, Chicago, IL

ANGUS L HARE, Cpl, Age 18, Sneads, FL

EDDIE L JAMES JR, Cpl, Age 20, Chester, SC

VERNE D JOHNSON III, Pfc, Age 19, Ogden, UT

CURTIS W PAINTER, LCpl, Age 21, Charleston, SC

MERRICK R PIERCE, LCpl, Age 19, Portland, OR

HARRY L SCHLEE, 2ndLt, Age 25, Williamsport, PA

KENNETH C STOMMES, HM3, Age 20, Cold Spring, MN

THOMAS F UHL, Cpl, Age 18, New York, NY

“I exchanged emails with Sgt Tom (Jake) Jacobs who led a fire team in Bravo 1/4 that day. Dawson and I were out between the point man and our lines with the NVA machine gun ahead on the trail. Here is what Tom added to my understanding of that day. Jacobs: “I was with Bravo Co., 1st. Platoon on that day. I lost 2 members of my fire team running up the trail to get the machine gun. Merrick Pierce and Paul Betts and also my best friend, our Corpsman, Kenny Stommes. There were 4 of us running up the trail to get the machinegun. First in line was McClavey then Pierce then me then Betts. McClavey was a 2nd. Lt. and got shot in his left side. Pierce got shot in the left side of his head. The NVA across the ravine missed me but Betts was hit numerous times in the lower torso. Stommes was already hit in the chest a little below us and was already dead when we passed him. So, we must of been pretty close to you. As we lay on the trail another friend of mine, Vince Matthews from White Plains, N.Y. ran past us and shot 3 LAWS into the bunker around the dogleg to the right. Vinnie received the Silver Star that day. Also close to us was a Lt. (I think his name was Dawson) who was an AO. He also got killed and was close to our Captain who was wounded"

Burke “That machine gun had me pinned to the wall when your guys tried to rush it. It was then they opened up on the left and above me on the right. The guys rushing the gun didn’t make it past me, and one fell right next to me with a gut shot. I talked to him to telling him not to move, telling him it would be alright. A few minutes later, a corpsman, Stommes then I guess, came out and dropped next to him on his knees and he was immediately hit. Your guy laid there for a few minutes then rolled himself back to the lines. I took a round through the hand trying to reach out to grab his gun (my 45 jammed), another through the femur sometime later, and a grenade fragment in the forearm.
I have done a lot of research on that day from the USMC archives, Tom Jacobs recollections, and fragments of information from the wall. I now think that, a machine gunner who ran abreast of me (with the hot rounds dropping on my neck) may have been Cpl Thomas Uhl who won the Silver Star Posthumously. I recall seeing him spin around from getting hit. I was wounded and disabled that day, but alive to give some background as a tribute to those Marines died in combat on 10/27/67 for their brothers in Bravo 1/ 4.    

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