Gaylord F. Pierce, born April 3, 1919, in Sac City, IA. He enrolled
in the Navy School of Music Sept. 26, 1940, and was assigned to the USS
West Virginia Band in May 1941.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, he helped pull the wounded from the
water and took them ashore in a Red Cross Rescue boat. He later went
back aboard the ship to fight the fire. When that task became hopeless,
he jumped overboard and while swimming to shore, looked back just as
the USS West Virginia sank into the water. He was discharged Nov. 8,
Pierce earned a BS degree in business administration at San Diego State
University and subsequently his CPA certification. He retired from
Cubic Corp. as tax administrator, Nov. 1, 1982. He and his wife La Rue
have two daughters and one grandson. Pierce passed away Feb. 20, 1995.
Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing