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Document Details


Title: Harry Pearce
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
Description: (USMC) Harry A. Pearce, originally from Milford, Delaware, grew up in Moline, Kansas, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 until 1945. Harry fought in the Pacific Theater of operations against the Japanese in World War 2. As a member of the 23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Harry was in the first wave of Marines onto the beaches on the islands of Roi and Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima where he was shot and bayoneted by a Japanese infantryman. On Roi and Namur, he was in a shell crater with Richard B. Anderson and an eyewitness to his actions that earned Anderson the Medal of Honor posthumously. Harry was also involved in the West Loch disaster at Pearl Harbor on May 21, 1944. Harry was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in November 1945, having been awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. OH0327 - part of the Harry Pearce Collection
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Pearce, Harry
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Milford, DE; Delaware; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Military camps--Vietnam; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025410-27256