Private Ray H. Pierce entered the U.S. Army from Arizona and served with Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines during World War II. He was captured in Bataan following the American surrender on April 9, 1942, and died of cerebral malaria on July 22, 1942, at the Cabanatuan Prison Camp in Nueva Ecija Province. He was buried in communal grave 1017 in the camp cemetery along with other deceased American POWs; however, his remains could not be associated with any remains recovered from Cabanatuan after the war. Today, Private Pierce is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit. US POW/MIA Family Locating has found a maternal cousin to provide a DNA Family Reference Sample (FRS) to aid in his identification.