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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez

Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, was killed Dec. 11 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He died during combat operations, according to the Department of Defense.

Rodriguez grew up in Fairhaven, Mass. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

According to the Marine Corps Times:

1st Combat Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan earlier this fall, taking over for 3rd CEB in a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Leatherneck on Oct. 21.

Boston.com reports Rodriguez enlisted in the Marine Corps on Aug. 20, 2012. He has posthumously been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps Times reports Rodriguez’s death is the first Marine casualty in Afghanistan since October.

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Avatar for user 'COEnygaard'

COEnygaard | December 12, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

This seems kind of pointless seeing that there is no explanation of his death. Was it Green on Green, IED, an accident. I mean why broadcast someones death if it wasn't intended to raise a point. I understand its the first reported marine death since October, in that case what are they still doing there and how are combat operations undergoing if there are no significant deaths to report. Sounds like unnecessary occupation.

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TannerH | December 14, 2013 at 6:38 a.m. ― 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Minorglitch | December 14, 2013 at 8:22 a.m. ― 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Minorglitch | December 14, 2013 at 9:07 a.m. ― 10 months, 2 weeks ago

COEnygaard, you are what is wrong with this country. That is all.

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