John Reeves Pierce, USN

Born  3 Nov 1906Canal Zone, Panama
Died  10 Jan 1943(36)USS Argonaut (SS-166)

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1 Jul 1936 Lt.
1 Jan 1942 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Mar 1942 Lt.Cdr.


10 Jan 1943 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for John Reeves Pierce, USN

USS S-23 (128)Lt.Submarine15 Feb 194124 Apr 1942
USS Argonaut (i) (166)Lt.Cdr.Submarine22 Jun 194211 Jan 1943

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Submarine USS Argonaut (i) (166)

8 Aug 1942
With her conversion completed USS Argonaut left Pearl Harbor on 8 August 1942 together with USS Nautilus. They were to transport and land marine commandos on Makin in the Gilbert Islands. The convoy arrived off Makin on 16 August; and at 0330hours the next day, the marines began landing. Their rubber rafts were swamped by the sea and most of the outboard motors drowned. The Japanese either forewarned or extraordinarily alert because of the activity on Guadalcanal-gave the Americans a warm reception. Snipers were hidden in the trees and the landing beaches were in front of the Japanese forces instead of behind them as planned. By midnight of 10 August, all but 30 of the troops had been recovered. Both submarines arrived back at Pearl Harbor on 26 August 1942.

2 Jan 1943 (position -4.30, 151.30)
While on her third war patrol USS Argonaut (Lt.Cdr. John Reeves Pierce) sank the Japanese guard boat Ebon Maru (198 GRT) in the Bismarck Sea off the north-west coast of New Britain in position 04°30'S, 151°30'E.

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