“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”
30 August 2017
During this week in 1944, the PC 552 received a new commanding officer, Lt. Moll. What did you do this week?
Lt. Frank E. Pierce, commanding officer of the PC 552, was relieved by Lt. Moll, his former executive officer (XO). Both Lt. Pierce and Lt. Moll were together on D-day at the Battle of Normandy.
Lt. Pierce was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts on D-day. The citation reads in part:
“A courageous leader, Lieutenant Pierce directed the operations of his ship during this period of vital offensive action by our forces and, by his skill, resourcefulness and devotion to duty, assisted materially in protecting the vessels in the Western Task Force Area from German surface forces, submarines and aircraft, thereby contributing essentially to success of the assault.”
This photo is courtesy of his son, Frank Pierce II, father of Frank Pierce, Jr. (grandson).
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