Pearson was also a newcomer to the Army, enlisting about a year before he died.
He loved music, and his goal was to be a music teacher. He excelled at playing the guitar, and could create songs on the spot and show others how to play. Pearson’s platoon leader said he was not just good at the guitar, but “ridiculously good.” His goal to teach was known among his fellow soldiers and he taught some of the guys in the company how to play the guitar, a friend said.
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