In Loving Memory

Captain Hal Pierce

September 6, 1932 - January 17, 2020

Tribute

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Captain Hal Pierce, the Honorary Sea Lord of Mobile, passed away at the age of 87.  Hal was born in Zion, Illinois on September 6, 1932, and married Delores Beall, his wife of 65 years, in 1952.

Hal graduated from Northwestern University and joined the Navy, which began his life of service not only to the Navy, but various Military, Community and Veterans causes of all types.

Captain Pierce’s fierce passion and love of service brought remarkable results to many organizations including the Band Parents organization at Baker High School, the Propeller Club of Mobile, the Mobile Navy League, Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, Alabama Lighthouse Association, American Legion, Veterans Day Commission, and the South Alabama Veterans Council.

His efforts toward the restoration and continued preservation and protection of Middle Bay Lighthouse continued for over 30 years.  He was responsible for the visits of over 100 Navy Ships to the Port of Mobile for all of Mobile and Baldwin county residents to tour and enjoy. He served on the USS Alabama Battleship Commission for years, one of his proudest duties.  His biggest commitment was always for South Alabama Veterans, who will forever be served by those accomplishments.

Honors bestowed on the Captain included the Maritime Man of the Year, the Distinguished Service Medal of Alabama, the Mobile Bay Area Veteran of the Year, and the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Gary Cooper Outstanding Service Award.

He is survived by two brothers, a sister, his children and their families.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of condolence be made to the USS Alabama Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 65, Mobile, AL 36601, or https://www.ussalabama.com/get-involved/foundation/

Memorial Services for Captain Pierce are scheduled on February 10, 2020 in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama.   Visitation will be at 10:30 AM with the service at 11:30AM.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

6 Comments

  1. Fran Barber-Bruyn

    Thank you Capt Hal for your dedication to our Veterans. You are greatly missed, our prayers are for your family and friends, you will never be forgotten🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸

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  2. Bruce Dinsmore

    Our heart goes out to the family. He was very dedicated to many good causes. He was interesting to talk with and he did so much for Mobile and the Navy with all the ship visits and ship rides. He will be greatly missed. He will not be forgotten as he lives on in all those who knew him.

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  3. Peter K. Hsu

    Thank you ‘ Sea Lord ‘ for your dedicated service to our Navy, and our sailors.
    Thank you for all your Mobile historical inputs and assistance on the MOBILE(LCS26) christening artwork, wish you had seen the original in Friday presentation reception. Knowing you, you must be looking at it now from above.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. Your warm friendship will always remain in my heart. Peter K. Hsu Marine Artist

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  4. Linda Nicholas

    I got to know The Captain since he was a good friend and neighbor to my Dad, John Hampton. Hal and my Dad served a few committees together as well as their constant visual over the Lake Forest Yacht Club. Hal was a great help to me after my father’s passing. I’ll always remember his generosity, helpfulness and our conversations. My sincere condolences to his family, Robbie and all his many friends. Love you forever Captain. See you in heaven.

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  5. Linda Alvers

    Captain Hal Pierce…may you rest in peace my dear friend. Captain Pierce welcomed myself and my crew in Mobile, AL during the return of LST325. He opened his arms and his heart and I will never forget it. Thank you Captain. You will be missed.

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  6. Jimmy Johnson

    Thank you Captain Hal!
    You were a great and caring friend to a wayward sailor who docked at River Yacht Basin back in 1985. I was just going to stay just long enough to take on stores but I wound up on a 9 year layover. You and Scotty were the best! Fair Winds Captain Sir.

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