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Fairhaven Marine, 19, killed in Afghanistan
wcbv news Boston ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | N/A

Posted on 12/12/2013 6:33:18 PM PST by huldah1776

Matthew R. Rodriguez died while conducting combat operations

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. —A 19-year-old Marine from Fairhaven has been killed in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez died Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, the Department of Defense announced.

He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif

Rodriguez's father, Roland Rodriguez, told the Standard-Times of New Bedford the family is headed for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where his son's body is expected Saturday.

He said declined to make extensive comments, but said his son "made a lot of friends very quickly" in the Marine Corps.

Matthew Rodriguez graduated in 2012 from the Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech plumbing program. A school friend, Ryan Boswell, told the newspaper Rodriguez "was a very funny guy, very likable. He was just a great kid. He would do anything for anybody."

His teacher Oscar Amaral also remembers Rodriguez's "easy going" personality. Amaral told the Standard-Times that Rodriguez had wanted to serve in the military.

"At least he accomplished that, even though it wasn't for very long," the teacher said. "If you want to accept that kind of responsibility, you have to be proud of it."

Matthew Rodriguez's awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal- ISAF Afghanistan, officials said.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more information when it becomes available.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; fallen; marine; military
We lost another of our finest. Prayers for his family, his brothers-in-arms, and his friends. Also for those who May have been wounded with him. Rest in peace, Marine.
1 posted on 12/12/2013 6:33:18 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Rest in peace Corporal.


2 posted on 12/12/2013 6:34:55 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: huldah1776


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!



LCpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, USMC
1st Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Marine Division
KIA, Afghanistan
11 December 2013



I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour,
and be in readiness for the conflict;
For it is better for us to perish in battle
than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.
As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be."
(1 Maccabees 3:58–60)


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Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, amid these who heeded the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



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"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 12/12/2013 6:37:48 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: huldah1776

To die at that age in that hellhole for this president. God bless his family, what pain they must be in.


4 posted on 12/12/2013 6:46:46 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: huldah1776

Prayers up for his family. That’s tough news to get just before Christmas.

May this brave young Marine rest in peace, and have a very high place in God’s Kingdom.


5 posted on 12/12/2013 6:52:03 PM PST by miserare (Sebelius is Obama's Mengele.)
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To: huldah1776

damn

while obamas sons go polar bear hunting

just damn

RIP

and my sincere condolences to the family


6 posted on 12/12/2013 6:52:32 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: ConorMacNessa

RIP young man.

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7 posted on 12/12/2013 6:55:15 PM PST by Mears
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To: huldah1776

All these beautiful young men... so sad.


8 posted on 12/12/2013 6:56:58 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: huldah1776; MestaMachine
NO

MORE

WARS!

Especially to "Prop Up" our "Allies in Afghanistan"

Or the Muslim Brotherhood for that matter.

G-d Bless this Marine and his family.

9 posted on 12/12/2013 7:15:50 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: huldah1776
Its unfortunate these service members don't get the respect given to Mandela. They deserve the nation's flags lowered and politicians eulogizing them.
10 posted on 12/12/2013 7:26:44 PM PST by RginTN
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To: KC_Lion

See. I HATE this. I have a terrible time getting through these announcements. Have lost so much. We should have been so long gone from there. G-d help me with the feelings of utter revulsion I feel towards this cic. And G-d bless our Troops.


11 posted on 12/12/2013 8:00:10 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine
I'm Sorry Mesta I didn't mean to upset you.

But our young men are suffering for this and our leaders don't even care.

But you Care

I care

That is what makes their fight worthwhile.

12 posted on 12/12/2013 8:04:33 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

No need to apologize to me, KC. Some pain just never goes away. What upsets me is that it keeps happening and they keep letting it. It’s wrong and it’s evil to its core.


13 posted on 12/12/2013 8:11:59 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: huldah1776

my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Lance Corporal Rodriquez . 19 years old ....probably first combat tour .

I have to say I am so relieved that the casualty count is way down these days . The last U.S. Marine to be KIA was back on Oct. 20th . There used to be a few a week and sometimes many at one time . I am thankful for this diminishing .

Here’s what I pray for any Marines and Soldiers still in combat deployment in Afghanistan : That their commanders realize what insanity it is to lock them down under such strict rules of engagement . Let them shoot first , give them air support , and don’t treat them like cops with internal affairs on their back for every discharge of their weapons . God bless the United States Marine Corps , they keep us strong and free . We need to back them up 100% and stop all the political BS that they have lately been burdened with . Their commanders should know better . They need to be led by warriors , not lawyers .
RIP Lance Corporal and thank you .


14 posted on 12/12/2013 8:35:13 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: huldah1776

Tears and prayers for his family...So thankful for the service of this Marine. Semper Fi


15 posted on 12/12/2013 9:10:57 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: KC_Lion

We are wasting good men here.


16 posted on 12/13/2013 3:05:20 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: huldah1776

Time to bring ‘em all home, they are too precious to be there under the current sacrificial Rules of Engagement imposed by the effin’ POS Mac Daddy in the White Hut.

Bless Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez and his family, prayers up.


17 posted on 12/13/2013 4:02:48 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

That entire shithole was never worth the first drop of American blood. Damn Bush and Obama to hell.


18 posted on 12/13/2013 5:44:09 AM PST by Valentine Michael Smith (You won't find justice in a Courtroom)
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To: bramps
To die at that age in that hellhole for this president.

To die at that age in that hellhole for any president is a tragedy.

19 posted on 12/13/2013 5:49:43 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: LeoWindhorse

I think you are wrong about the last Marine being killed on October 20th. My grandson is a Marine and I follow the news closely.


20 posted on 12/13/2013 6:11:42 AM PST by mickie (My grandson is a Marine~~so proud of him)
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To: huldah1776

RIP.


21 posted on 12/13/2013 9:44:32 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: mickie

unless I missed one ......

I read the DoD news releases ever day , at least several times a week . Perhaps they do not report some? Suicides ?
Usually there is something about “ incident being investigated “

Please check back . Last I have was LCpl Christopher Grant on Oct. 20 . Chris was with 1/9

God bless them all .


22 posted on 12/13/2013 1:12:33 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: mickie

The DOD news releases will give you the info you need if you can get past the home page propaganda.


23 posted on 12/13/2013 3:10:17 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: DoodleDawg

Two can play your game:

Why don’t you just think that to die at age 19 is a tragedy?


24 posted on 12/14/2013 9:24:37 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: huldah1776

Semper Fi Marine.

May the Lord ease the suffering of his family. Amen.


25 posted on 12/14/2013 9:33:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: bramps
Why don’t you just think that to die at age 19 is a tragedy?

Do you honestly think there is anything in Afghanistan worth a single American life? Of any age?

26 posted on 12/15/2013 3:25:48 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

no


27 posted on 12/15/2013 10:27:10 AM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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