Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Alyssa R Peterson

Flagstaff, Arizona

September 15, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Spc

C Company, 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Telafar, Iraq.  Peterson died from a non-combat weapons discharge.
AP News

Alyssa R. Peterson was a woman of faith who had a gift for foreign languages. Peterson of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Sept. 15 from a noncombat weapons discharge in Iraq. She was stationed at Fort Campbell before being deployed to conduct interrogations and translate enemy documents.

From Rich Peterson 12/22/05:

My deepest gratitude to all who have served. The daily miracles of your service in Iraq and Afghanistan are noticed and appreciated. No other military in the world could accomplish so much, so quickly. My prayers are with you everyday.

Alyssa volunteered to change assignments with someone who did not want to go to Iraq. Being in country just a few weeks, she made a difference to the people she met there. She gave of herself, just as she did in every challenge in life.

Alyssa is my hero, as are so many others who have given all. My tears still come so easily. May each soldier know of our love and appreciation. May each soldier come home soon--a living, breathing hero. May the miracles of freedom ring loudly throughout the world.
Thank you, one and all. 

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