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Command Sgt. Major (retired) Horace Richard Pearl, age 81, of Griffin, passed away on Sunday. CSM Pearl was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Griffin, was retired from the United States Army after 23 years, a decorated veteran of World War II, and Korea, served with the G Company 505, 82nd Airborne, he had 4 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars and to this day he has the most combat jump of any veteran with 6.

Survivors include his Devoted and Loving wife of 62 years 4 months, Dorothy A Pearl; daughter, Arlene Pauciello and her husband, Laurence of El Paso, TX; daughter, Lynn Chambers and her husband, Bruce of Williamson, GA; son, Glenn Pearl and his girlfriend, Diane Houg of Denver, CO; daughter, Gail Forehand and her husband, Johnnie of Ozark, AL; son, Michael Pearl and his wife Kathy of Griffin; several grandchildren, nieces.

Funeral mass for CSM Pearl will be said on Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville with full military honors. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin.

[The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 1, 2004]

(courtesy of Glenn Pearl)

Grave marker for Horace R. Pearl in Section E, Block 4,  Oak Hill Cemetery Griffin (Spalding county), Georgia.

Horace applied for a Social Security number on 12 May 1939. While his parents hailed from Poland, he was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1923.  The family immigrated to the U.S. in 1929.

Horace enlisted with the National Guard on 6 June 1939, a date which would have a prophetic anniversary,  He was assigned to Company DS, 71st Infantry.

Horace ultimately retired from the Army as a Command Sergeant Major on 31 December 1965.


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