Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Roane Co, TN
“James A. Pierce. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Pierce, 205 S. Wilder St., received a telegram from the Navy Monday noon stating that their twenty one year old son was dead. The telegram from the commanding officer at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christ, Texas, read ‘Deeply regret to inform you that your son, James A. Pierce, Seaman First Class, U.S.N.R.F., was found dead on local beach this June 6, 1943. Cause of death, drowning.’ James enlisted in the Naval Reserve Sept. 5, 1942, and was sent direct to the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi where he has served the past nine months. The body will be brought here for burial. James has a brother, Tom, who is a seaman first class at Kodiak, Alaska . . .”
–The Rockwood Times, Thursday, 10 Jun 1943, Vol. 63, No. 23.