The center was named Saturday for Sgt. Melvin Y. Mora, a physics student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1998 and was deployed to Iraq in April 2004 with the Reserve’s 245th Maintenance Company.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1qN2lhz ) he was killed in 2004 in a mortar attack north of Baghdad. Mora was awarded several medals after his death, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com