Theodore W. "Billy" Pierce
(October 31, 1919 - December 7, 1999)

Oneida Dispatch 
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999 
  Wampsville - Theodore W. "Billy" Pierce, 80, formerly of South Court  
Street, Wampsville, died Monday evening, Dec. 7, 1999, in the Masonic Home 
in Utica, where he had been a resident since October of 1998. 
  Mr. Pierce was born Oct. 31, 1919 in Wampsville, the son of John and Mary 
Turner Pierce. 
  He was a former resident of the Stoneliegh Apartments, Canastota. 
  Upon graduation from Oneida High School in 1941, Mr. Pierce enlisted in the
United States Marine Corps. During World War II, he served in the Solomon 
Islands from February of 1942 to December of 1944 and was a member of the Gun
Crew that downed the first Japanese plane to attack the American Invasion 
Forces at Rendova on June 30, 1942. 
  He was honorably discharged as a PFC in 1946 receiving the Good Conduct 
  Mr. Pierce formerly worked for Moyer's Moving, a structural relocating 
firm, in Oneida and for VanVleet Motors as a reconditioning technician. He 
had also been a cattle breeder. Mr. Pierce was of the Presbytarian faith and 
was a member of the Canastota American Legion Post No. 140. 
  Surviving are one brother, Francis Pierce of Wampsville; two nephews, 
Arthur Pierce of Sherrill and Robert Pierce of New Hartford; two nieces, 
Barbara Pierce Cole of Stafford, Va. and Honorene Pierce of Coriopolis, Pa. 
Mr. Pierce was deceased by two brothers, Howard and Carleton Pierce and a 
sister, Florence Pierce. 

Date: Monday, February 07, 2000 04:15 PM

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