, lately a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia
(UMC), was characterized as an exuberant and friendly man who went out of his
way to help others, even at the cost of precious study time needed in pursuit of his
rigorous physics curriculum.Fellow students, professors and residents of the apartment building where he
lived and worked the reception desk in the evenings, offered glowing opinions of the fallen soldier to the NPR reporter.
Sgt. Mora Lopez was a member of the 245th Maintenance Company
, an Army Reserve unit headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that he
joined some five years ago.Reportedly, he joined the Reserves because of his admiration for the military, his sense of patriotism and the need to supplement his income to continue his pursuit of graduate study leading to a career in astronomy.He
was mobilized to Iraq four months ago where he
was responsible for the maintenance of mechanical equipment at Camp Cook, an old Iraqi airfield some 12 miles outside of Baghdad.
military burial has been repeated so many times over the past months, that Americans are expressing concern about the war's cost in human terms.
goodbye, there were still 3078 Puerto Rican soldiers serving on active duty, some 800 of them in Iraq.Since October of 2002, when Marine Lance Cpl.Antonio Sledd Figueroa died in an ambush in Kuwait, seventeen other service men - including Mora Lopez
- sacrificed their lives in the war on terrorism, fourteen in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.
death, 951 coalition troops had been killed in Iraq, 835 of them Americans.One U.S. soldier is listed as captured.In addition, since the war's beginning sixteen months ago, some 2,960 American combat personnel had been wounded.