June 14, 2010, - 2:56 pm
Given that today is the 235th birthday of the U.S. Army, I gotta remember Frank Pierce, a Detroit area World War II U.S. Army Veteran. What happened to him is so sad . . . and sadly, so Detroit. Sounds like such a good guy. Sad that this is the way he went.
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Family members said the retired truck driver and World War II Army veteran was a man of principle who taught his nine children the difference between right and wrong.
Mr. Pierce died Wednesday after being robbed at Greektown Casino in Detroit and trying to reclaim his winnings.
Angry that a stranger had grabbed his $240-prize ticket, Mr. Pierce trailed the man outside and pointed him out to a police officer, who arrested the suspect. Mr. Pierce collapsed and was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of a heart attack. He was 91.
“My dad was never one to run from a fight his entire life,” said his oldest son, Frank Pierce, a retired Michigan State Police Post Commander. “If he could help or stop a problem, it was his nature to take whatever actions he deemed appropriate to resolve it. He was a jovial man with a great sense of humor, but if somebody crossed him, he would not back down.”
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Pierce was a professional boxer before serving in the Army as a military policeman in charge of handling prisoners of war.
After the war, he was employed as a truck driver with Kroger prior to working with Bender & Louden in Detroit as a truck driver for 35 years. He retired in 1985.
He survived colon and liver cancer, and he played in senior softball and bowling leagues well into his 80s.
Only in Detroit would a man who survived a boxing career, World War II, two cancers, a hard life driving trucks, die from theft of casino winnings. Only in Detroit, America’s hell on earth.
Frank Pierce, Rest In Peace.
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