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Jimmie Pierce

  • "He was a great man.Rest in peace grandpa."
    - gemma pierce-pique
  • "A grateful nation mourns its loss. Rest in peace, Colonel."
    - Ian Carah
  • "I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I have fond memories..."

Col. Jimmie Pierce, USAF Retired. Born July 22, 1926, Corsicana, Texas. Died June 14, 2013, Carmichael, California The angels came and swept him up on June 14. They needed a wingman, and he was always eager to soar into the parting clouds. Born in Corsicana, Texas in 1926 to Maxwell Carruthers Pierce and Lucile (Hornbeak) Pierce, he took his first solo aircraft flight at the age of 15. Survived by Nona, his wife of 62 years; and children James, his wife Marci, and their adult children Robert and Emily; and son Eric (late wife Marta Pique i Carreras) and their children Oriol, Mireia and Gemma; his sister Jane and her husband Cliff Spier, and nephews Clifton, Michael and Philip Spier and their wives and families. Col Pierce served in the US Air Force for 30 years. He received Command Pilot Wings, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak clusters, the Air Medal, the Korean War/ United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam War Medal, the Military Merit Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Bronze Star for "Heroic or Meritorious Achievement," Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Kansas; graduated from the AF Experimental Test Pilot School, was experienced in testing many jet aircraft and while stationed at McClellan AFB three times, he was commander of the Test Pilot's division, and commander of F-104 systems worldwide. He served on the Air Staff in the Pentagon in the Office of Foreign Military Sales, and retired in 1974. After retirement, he studied at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz county, and at UCSC, where he excelled in bronze sculpture and photography. He attended Ansel Adams' photography workshop. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Sons in Retirement, Branch 79, Auburn, California, the Order of Daedalians Military Pilots Fraternity, and the F-86 Sabre Pilots Association. Col. Pierce died of a stroke and kidney failure in Carmichael, California. No local services are planned. His remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to any .

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