WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A member of the North Carolina National Guard is coming home to Wilmington while recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan.
Sgt. James Pierce is scheduled to arrive in Wilmington on Saturday, December 22 around 5:00 p.m. Sgt. Pierce, who is 31 years old, is originally from the Asheboro area, but lived in Wilmington for several years before his recent deployment.
Sgt. Pierce served with the U.S. Army's 514 Military Police Company. He was seriously injured in a suicide bombing attack October 1 in Afghanistan that killed three other members of the North Carolina National Guard, including Sgt. T.J. Butler. According to Kim Munley, a friend who will bring him back to Wilmington, Sgt. Pierce is still in a wheelchair and cannot walk after suffering injuries to his chest, leg and arm. He has an external fixture on his left foot that won't be taken off until his return to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Sgt. Pierce still cannot bear weight on his left leg or left arm, and his arm is recovering from plates and screws being inserted.
Munley, a former civilian police officer at Fort Hood, Texas who was injured helping to stop the gunman in the November 2009 attack, says an escort will meet and lead Sgt. Pierce into Wilmington. Members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, the Human Wall, and the Patriot Guard also plan to be part of the event. Munley says anyone wanting to turn out for the welcome home should line the Walmart side of South College road at Monkey Junction around 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Expected arrival time is between 5:15-5:30 p.m.
For more information, please call Matt Wall of Rolling Thunder at 471-5861; Danielle Bashaw, the Founder of the Human Wall at 612-8168 or Cheryl Penney at 512-4798.
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