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Age:   26
Hometown: Eagle Pass, TX
Date of Death: 7/9/2003
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: B Company, 64th Forward Support Battalion
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Sgt. Melissa Valles was a soldier through and through. When she reported to superiors at work, she always stood at parade rest shoulders back, hands clasped behind her back, feet spread slightly apart. "When she came in, she was squared-away. Total soldier. She always showed proper respect and always was pushing the troops," said Sgt. 1st Class Cathy Mihm, who worked down the hall from Valles at Fort Carson. Valles, 26, of Eagle Pass, Texas, died July 9 of non-combat injuries in Iraq. Growing up south of San Antonio on the Mexico border, younger sister Maribel Valles said, the 5-foot-3 Melissa Valles assumed the role of head of the household even though she had two older brothers. "She was petite, but she was a really tough lady," Maribel Valles said. "She really put people in their place. She did that since she was a girl. She would put little boys who were bullies in their place."
Source: Associated Press
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