Soldier Honored: Andrew R. Pearson
Hometown: Billings, Montana
Branch of Service: Army
Army Captain Andrew R. Pearson, 32, of Billings, Montana was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of Fort Hood, Texas. Captain Pearson was killed on April 30th, 2008, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.
Captain Pearson graduated from CM Russell High School in Billings, Montana. He joined the military in June 1998 and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2001, majoring in Economics. Previously serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, he had been serving his third tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Pearson had been with the 4th Infantry since February 2007. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his bike. His top priority was always his family.
His father states, “he believed in what he was doing and gave his all for America. He was very resolute in what he was doing.” He leaves behind a wife and four children. Captain Pearson’s decorations include a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.