Billings Soldier Killed in Iraq

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – A 32-year-old Army captain from Billings has been killed after his vehicle was hit by an explosion in Iraq.

The Department of Defense says Capt. Andrew R. Pearson, with the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, was one of two soldiers killed by Wednesday’s blast from an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.

Also killed was 21-year-old Spc. Ronald J. Tucker of Fountain, Colo.

Pearson joined the military in June 1998 and had been with the 4th Infantry since February 2007. His awards included a Bronze Star.

Lt. Col. Garth Scott with the Montana National Guard says a casualty assistance officer was spending time with Pearson’s father in Billings.

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