Scope and Contents
Less than one linear foot of a book written by Ivan N. Pierce titled An Infrantry Lieutenant's Vietnam and two CD-ROMs with photographs document his tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, January 1967 to March 1968. The photographs are from the war era and were used in Pierce's book. All materials are in good condition.
Biographical / Historical
Ivan Pierce was born on December 22, 1940 in Aberdeen, Washington and joined the Army in July 1960. He was a clerk-typist/classified courier for four years before he attended the Defense Language Institute. His Military Occupational Specialty was changed to Bulgarian Translator-Interrogator and he was assigned to the 513th Military Intelligence Battalion, Oberussel, Germany. Nine months later he volunteered for helicopter flight school and Infantry Officer Candidate School. Pierce was selected for Infantry OCS first. After graduation he was assigned as the Executive Officer of an Advance Individual Training company in Tiger Land, at Fort Polk, Louisiana before being assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, Pleiku, South Vietnam. When he returned to the United States he was assigned as a company of a training company at Fort Lewis, Washington. In March of 1969 Pierce requested and was granted a release from active duty. He served many jobs thereafter, including duty in the police force. In 1972 he resigned his commission and enlisted in the Idaho National Guard as a Sergeant E-5. He transferred to Headquarters Company, 321st Combat Engineer Battalion, Boise, Idaho, the next year. He graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Sociology in 1980 while working for the Boise City Police Department. Pierce was Director of Student AFfairs and Housing at Park College, Parkville, Missouri, from 1980 until 1982, when he enlisted in the Active Reserve program with the 308th Psychological Operations Company, Richards-Gerbaur Air Force Base, Belton, Missouri. Five years later he again changed his Military Occupations Specialty, this time to Chemical Operations. For the next five years he was full-time operations NCO of the 441st Chemical Detachment, Fort Lawton, Washington. He was assigned to the 86th Army Reserve Command, Chicago for six months before being promoted to Master Sergeant and transferred to Headquarters, 5th Medical Group, Birmingham, Alabama. His final Battalion where he was serving when he retired in July 31, 1994. He opened a lawnmower repair shop in Boise, Idaho, but was forced to close after one year due to damaged ligaments in his hands. Pierce injured his hands while preparing the protective masks of a 333 man hospital unit Vancouver, Washington to deploy for the First Gulf War. After another injury sustained from a car accident that left him in bed for six months, Pierce was able to accept a part-time position as a Communications Officer with the El Dorado Springs, Missouri, Police Department in November 1998. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and following surgery retired from the police department. Pierce is a member of the 4th Infantry Division Association, Post 227 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Soc-Osage Writers Club, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and Chapter 918 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Nevada Missouri. (Biographical information acquired from Pierce's book.)