Deputy Collector Pier Harry Bima

Deputy Collector Pier Harry Bima

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 16, 1947

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Pier Harry Bima

Deputy Customs Collector Pier Bima was killed when a freighter filled with ammonium nitrate exploded in the Port of Texas City, Texas.

Almost 600 people were killed as a result of the initial and subsequent explosions, including all but one member of the Texas City Fire Department.

Deputy Collector Bima was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the United States Customs Service for 28 years.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Location Texas


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Deputy Collector Bima,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army on the U.S. Mexico Border. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 16, 2022

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