From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Billy Pierce '51

Date of birth: September 1, 1927

Date of death: July 18, 1952

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


Billy was lost on July 18, 1952 when the plane he was piloting crashed at Barin Field, Pensacola, Florida.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Billy would have completed his flight training on July 25.

He graduated from Joplin High School in 1945: National Honor Society, Diamond and Disc, Rifle Team, Hi-Y.

His father Fred was manager of the Twin Hills Golf and Country Club at Joplin and widely-known in the restaurant business. He served as a captain at Rosecrans Field during WWII. Billy was also survived by his wife.

Billy is buried in Missouri.

Class of 1951

Billy is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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