SSG Brian Piercy was born on March 11, 1983, in Visalia, California and spent the majority of his life growing up in Clovis, CA. In the Army, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Brian attended Buchanan High school, graduating in 2001. As a student, he played drums in the marching band, loved to play piano and loved his Volkswagen Beetle. He is remembered as a dedicated, gifted student and all-around great guy who was friendly with everybody. After high school, he attended Fresno pacific University for two years where he met his wife.
Brian loved being a soldier and believed in the importance of service to his country and his fellow soldiers. He was known as a man of integrity and was well respected by all those with whom he served, including his superiors. He took his responsibilities seriously, making every effort to always have things "squared away", doing what needed to be done with honor. He proudly served his country through two deployments totaling twenty-seven months as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of his death, Brian was less than a month from completing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, after which he would serve the remaining fifteen months of his enlistment at Fort Bragg.
He died July 19, 2010 in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He is the ninth Clovis resident and the seventh Buchanan High graduate to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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