MILFORD, CT, USA U.S. Marines CPL, C CO, 1ST BN, 25TH MAR, (RCT-5, I MEF FWD), 4TH MAR DIV, PLAINVILLE, CT FALLUJAH, IRAQ 08/25/2006
“It’s with a saddened heart that I returned to Charlie Company last night as we have lost a great Marine to the rigors of combat in Iraq, Corporal Jordan Pierson. Corporal Pierson had been a bright spot in his platoon, in a place, that can take the softest of hearts to into a void of darkness.
Even when the gloom of combat reached deep in a man soul, Corporal Pierson could bring the Marine back to a sense of purpose, a sense of why we were here, and that we were making a difference. Corporal Pierson was destined not to only be a Marine, but a leader among Marines. He fostered a sense of caring for Marines while still embodying all it meant to be a Marine. Like before, it has sent a tidal wave of mixed emotion throughout the company at a time when we were just getting through the loss of Lance Corporal (Kurt) Dechen.
Marines are saddened and angered as they deal with the loss that they know has not only hurt them but his family back home. Marines are here to protect the American family and Corporal Pierson was one who strongly believed in that. That no harm would befall any American as long as he had the title of Marine.
He fostered such a positive spirit that it was contagious to all even to an old 1stSgt, a spirit that made people proud to do what they were doing. He carried us all through another day here on many occasions. Another cut has been sliced across the heart of every Marine here; a cut that has hurt deep, but with time will hopefully heal. A cut that will forever remind us of the Marine Corporal Pierson was.
A cut that will heal, slowly over time, but we will forever look upon and remember our fallen brother until we are all once again joined and our hearts are finally mended. We miss you Jordan, Semper Fi!” – 1stSgt Ben Grainger, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Corporal Jordan C. Pierson, age 21, of Milford, Connecticut, was killed in combat on August 25, 2006, in Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. His military decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, and Purple Heart with Gold Star in lieu of second award. He was promoted to corporal in July 2006 while serving in Iraq.
In addition to his parents, Eric and Beverley True Pierson, Jordan is survived by his brother Ethan Pierson of Milford; paternal grandparents, Jane Pierson of Hamden, Walter Pierson and his wife, Sheila McPharlin of Old Saybrook, maternal grandmother, Norma True of West Haven, along with other relatives. His body was interred with full military honors on September 6, 2006 at Arlington National Cemetery.