U.S. Army Sgt. Brice Allan Pearson, 32, a 1993 graduate of Mingus Union High School, died April 23, 2007, from wounds sustained when a bomb detonated outside a building he and members of his unit were occupying.
Eight other soldiers in Pearson's squad also died as a result of the attack in As Sadah, Iraq.
Brice was born January 23, 1975, in Phoenix and lived in Show Low/Pinetop, Flagstaff, Cottonwood and Tempe. He earned an Eagle Scout badge from the Boy Scouts.
Brice attended Arizona State University, majoring in English Literature. He joined the Army in March 2004 and completed Cavalry Scout One Station Unit Training in August 2004 at Ft. Knox, Tenn.
Brice served with the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Brice was recognized for distinguished service while with the 82nd Airborne.
He received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist's Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Brice is survived by his father, Robert K. Pearson (Beth), of Avondale; his mother, Leslie A. White (Dennis), of San Antonio, Texas; siblings Jeremy W. Pearson; Stephanie Brown of Valley Center, Calif.; Alexander, Andrew and David White of San Antonio; Samantha White of Camp Verde; Matthew, Joshua and Amy Pearson of Avondale.
A service will be held on Friday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at The Church at Litchfield Park with burial to follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix, under the direction of Sean E. Thompson at Thompson's Valley West Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.