William G. Pierce,born in Bellows Falls,Enlisted June 19,1916,(Private of Company E, 1st Vermont Inf.(102 Machine Gun Battalion, US Army)  from 23 Oak Street,Bellows Falls,VT. Overseas tour Sept 23,1917 to April 20,1918, when he was killed in action.  He is buried in St Charles Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT. He was the son of John J. Pierce and resided in Bellows Falls in the Pierce homestead 28 Oak Street and attended schools in Bellows Falls. He was 28 years old when he died. He had two sisters Mrs. G.F. Landers and Miss Mary G. Pierce and a bother John J. Pierce of Boston, Mass. Mr. Pierce was one of the first to join Cmopany E and was always noted as a conscientious and popular member. Mr. Pierce was the first member of Company E to reach the Armory on April 2,1917 when the alarm sounded to call the boys for active service. He was at Fort Ethan Allen most of the summer, but in August, he was separated from his company and sent to Framingham Mass for a short time.  He was sent to France in September. It is felt that he was the first Bellows Falls man to go to France. 

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