Howard was a true Patriot. My husband was a '52 Charlie pilot & a close Buddy at Reese AFB. He promoted the romance of Howie & Gilberta. We'll miss him with all our hearts. (Rita Alvarado, FL)
To: Col. Pierson's family:
It is rare that a man has such an impact on people he met in EVERY phase of his life. I was only a 23 yr old pilot flying in his squadron. 40 years later I can truly say that no man has ever served as a better role model in my life. He was a man's man, a soldier's soldier and a pilot's pilot. As recently as two years ago he wrote a letter to my 90 year old mother reflecting on his experiences with me. It is a testimonial to the content of the man that we never see in today's leaders. I've met many Generals and many political "leaders." None are half the man of Howie Pierson.
Howard was the most amazing man I have ever met . My "Spiritual" Father. Wise ,kind,firm ,loving... No words can describe.. The world has lost a wonderful man but God has welcomed home an angel .. I love you Dad and I will not forget your teachings.
Howie was a character that can't be replaced. All the tributes apply, Warrior, Leader, Friend, Aviator and on. The same demeanor, tempered with age, is why he continued to be so endeared by many. Good man that will be missed by many. He was my student squadron commander for a portion of the time when I went through pilot training, Reese, 68-69. May he rest in peace.
A Message to Gilberta
My love, don't stand over my body and weep,
For I am not here, I do not sleep.
The angels transported me in one big leap,
I am now at peace, and well, at Jesus' feet.
“Bless you Howard,” Jesus said,
“I was with you on that sick bed,
And I heard every prayer that was said,
But it was time for you to be with Me instead.”
Gilberta thanks for your loving care
When I needed help you was always there.
With your help the pain I could bear
You are an angel on earth I declare.
I am sorry I was so sick at the end,
But you loved me and nursed me again and again.
Without you, where would I have been?
You are truly a beautiful person without, and within.
My lovely Gilberta is now a “Lonesome Dove”
But God will comfort you from above.
With His protection and everlasting love,
You too is His special beloved.
It's so great to see my old friends, and kin.
Who will never be old again.
They embraced me, and welcomed me in.
I am not dead;
I am more alive than I have ever been.
Jesus had a record of all I had prayed for and fed.
He provided for my sin, and theirs, when He bled.
I am grateful I obeyed what He had written and said;
Now I am alive forever more; I am not dead.
Yes, I am with Jesus in the sky;
I tell you the truth, I do not lie.
My departure was in His plan,
And we will soon be together again.
Don't stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.