Pierce, John Leonard (1895–1959)

By: Kate Bodine Pierce

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: April 28, 2019

John Leonard Pierce, United States Army general, was born on April 29, 1895, in Dallas, Texas, the son of Isabella (Archer) and Frank Cushman Pierce. He attended West Texas Military Academy (later Texas Military Institute, San Antonio) and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). On June 29, 1918, he married Kate Bodine Stone; they had three children. In June 1917 he was commissioned second lieutenant, United States Infantry; he served with the Eighth United States Infantry in Germany and advanced through various grades to brigadier general by June 1943. He was interested in the modern concept of mobile warfare and the development of armor. During World War II he served in many important capacities, including division commander of the Sixteenth Armored Division. His decorations included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Order of the White Lion and Military Cross of Czechoslovakia. After World War II Pierce was president of the secretary of war's Discharge Review Board. He retired in 1946 to Brownsville and died in San Antonio on February 12, 1959. He was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Who's Who in America, Vol. 26.

  • Education
  • Military Institutes and Flight Schools
  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • World War II
Time Periods:
  • World War II
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas
  • North Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Kate Bodine Pierce, “Pierce, John Leonard,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/pierce-john-leonard.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 28, 2019

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