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Age:   27
Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
Date of Death: 9/15/2003
Incident Location: Telafar, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: C Company, 311th Military Intelligence Battaltion, 101st Airborne Division
Unit's Base: Fort Campbell, Ky.

Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson was a woman of faith who had a gift for learning foreign languages. "She was a quiet, very intelligent woman who asked a lot of good questions about life and religion," said Terry Leisek, who taught Peterson at a theological training center for members of the Mormon faith. Peterson, 27, of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Sept. 15 from a non-combat weapons discharge in Iraq. She was stationed at Fort Campbell before being deployed to conduct interrogations and translate enemy documents. Peterson graduated from Northern Arizona University in May 2001 with a degree in psychology. She was fluent in Dutch and easily mastered Arabic at the military''s Defense Language Institute after enlisting in July 2001. During her time at NAU, Peterson also attended the Flagstaff Institute of Religion, the theological training center. "She was a very, very good lady who will be missed by a large number of friends," Leisek said.
Source: Associated Press
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