World War II American General Officers' Project



A project dedicated to the study of the American General Officer and the preservation of their original uniforms, flags and medals.

General Cliton Pierce

On December the eighth just one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor the Philippine Islands were under attack by the Imperial Japanese Army. Having been in almost constant combat since the invasion Clinton Pierce was promoted to Brigadier General and given command of the 71st Division.  From January to February 1942 the 71st under his command along with other units guarding the beeches completely annihilated three hostile landing forces and prevented a fourth.  Pierce was on Bataan at the time of the final American surrender where he was taken prisoner. Surviving seven prison camps Pierce was liberated in August 1945 and returned to the United States for recuperation.  Clinton Pierce was made a general officer on January 24th 1942; he was wounded in action just one day later making him the first American general officer wounded in action during W.W.II.  

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