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Marine’s death touches UConn community

- September 5, 2006

Cpl. Jordan C. Pierson, a UConn sophomore who left for military duty last October, was killed Aug. 25 while on active duty in Iraq. He was 21.

Pierson, who was from Milford, was scheduled to return to the U.S. next month. He died from hostile gunfire while on foot patrol in Fallujah.

He was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Plainville.

He planned to return to the University at the completion of his active duty.

"It is difficult to convey the sense of loss all of us feel at the death of a member of our community in this tragic conflict," says President Philip E. Austin.

"I know that I speak for the entire University in conveying our deepest sympathy to Jordan's family and friends."

Pierson graduated from Foran High School in Milford. He began his studies at UConn at the Avery Point campus in 2003 and came to Storrs in fall 2004.

He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the arms and legs by shrapnel from an insurgent grenade in May.

Pierson will be buried on Sept. 6 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

The Dean of Students Office, Wilbur Cross Building, U-4062, will forward messages of condolence to Pierson's family.

He is survived by his parents, Beverley and Eric Pierson, and a brother, Ethan.

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