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Pearce, Lloyd R.


Rank: Private First Class
Serial Number: 39409843
Military Branch: 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Origin: California
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PFC Lloyd R. Pearce was from Shasta County in California. His father, Bert, was from Red Bluff, California.

This group includes PFC Pearce's officially small machine engraved posthumous Purple Heart, its presentation box, white exterior box, and mailing box addressed to Bert Pearce, PO Box 412, Red Bluff, California. Also included are 2 pictures of Pearce, and Pearce's membership card for the First Cavalry Division.

The 1st Cavalry Division arrived in Australia in mid 1943 and continued its training at Strathpine, Queensland, until 26 July, then moved to New Guinea to stage for the Admiralties' campaign 22–27 February 1944. The Division saw its first combat in the Admiralty Islands, units landing at Los Negros on 29 February 1944. Momote airstrip was secured against great odds. Attacks by fanatical Japanese were thrown back, and the enemy force surrounded by the end of March. Nearby islands were taken in April and May.

 The Division next took part in the invasion of Leyte, 20 October 1944, captured Tacloban and the adjacent airstrip, advanced along the north coast, and secured Leyte Valley, elements landing on and securing Samar Island. Moving down Ormoc Valley (in Leyte) and across the Ormoc plain, the Division reached the west coast of Leyte 1 January 1945. The Division then invaded Luzon, landing in the Lingayen Gulf area 27 January 1945, and fought its way as a "flying column" to Manila by 3 February 1945. More than 3,000 civilian prisoners at the University of Santo Tomas, including more than 60 US Army nurses (some of the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor") were liberated, and the 1st Cavalry then advanced east of Manila by the middle of February before the city was cleared. On 20 February the Division was assigned the mission of seizing and securing crossings over the Marikina River and securing the Tagaytay-Antipolo Line. After being relieved 12 March in the Antipolo area, elements pushed south into Batangas and Bicol Provinces. They mopped up remaining pockets of resistance in these areas in small unit actions. Resistance was officially declared at an end 1 July 1945.

 The Division left Luzon 25 August 1945 for occupation duty in Japan, arriving in Yokohama 2 September 1945 and entering Tokyo 8 September, the first United States Division to enter the Japanese capital.

  • World War II casualties
  1. 734 Killed in Action
  2. 3,311 Wounded in Action
  3. 236 Died of Wounds.
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