"When I came home, I was called a crazy Vietnam vet and a baby killer. It took the lord a few years to work all the heinousness of war out of my mind."
As Pastor Pierce revisits moments in his life, there are some things he's tried hard to forget, and others that make him who he is.
With aspirations of becoming a minister and an architect, he wanted to get his military obligations out of the way to pursue those goals, joining the Army in 1963 after growing up in Oklahoma.
As a younger man, Pierce spent 13 months in Korea before going to Vietnam for 14 months and receiving life changing injuries.
"Got blew up three times and I got very angry when I came back to the states being called a crazy Vietnam vet and having balloons of urine thrown at you, and the only jobs you could find was being janitors because they didn't want to hire any crazy Vietnam vets, so I crawled off into a bottle and lived there for about 20 years."
Pierce says at one point alcohol was medication and the only way he could sleep.
It influenced decisions that could have taken him down a different path after moving to Wyoming.
"While I was here I almost got 25 years in the penitentiary. Got in a street shoot out in Cheyenne and that was the only time I heard the voice of the lord audibly. He said last chance. I decided to go back to church to see if what Mom and Daddy was talking about was real. I found out that it was."
Pierce received a full pardon from Governor Mike Sullivan who happened to belong to the same Rotary Club that made him an honorary Rotarian for a year. Befriending government officials within Wyoming was one thing he found surreal.
Receiving multiple purple hearts, being featured in a book, and telling his life story is even more incomprehensible.
"I went from earthly warrior to kingdom warrior."
Pierce's journeys took him all over the world, but one transition he never would have believed was Oklahoma to Wyoming.
A surprising find, but Pastor Pierce intends to impact the community and help others until it's no longer possible.
"This is what I'm going to do until the day I die. See who he put in my path that I can help and that I can be a blessing to. Now my hands are his, my feet are his, and I just want him to use me."