Rodriguez, Matthew Rolando, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
1371-Combat Engineer
Last MOSGroup
Engineer, Construction And Equipment
Primary Unit
2012-2013, I MEF/1st Marine Division
Service Years
2012 - 2013
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 2013
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Massachusetts National Cemetery - Bourne, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 59 Site 6

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenMarine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA)
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2013, Marine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA) [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2012, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), E/2091
 Unit Assignments
1st Combat Engineer BnI MEFI MEF/1st Marine Division
  2012-2013, 1371, 1st Combat Engineer Bn
  2012-2013, I MEF
  2012-2013, I MEF/1st Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2012-2013 Operation Enduring Freedom/OEF-Afghanistan
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Matthew R. Rodriguez, affectionately known as Matt-Man, was born on March 1, 1994.Matthew and Julia  He was the beloved first born son of Lisa & Rolando Rodriguez of Fairhaven, MA; best friend of younger brother, Adam; loving younger brother of Lisa Doherty & Lauren Webber; incredible uncle of Abigail Doherty and Katelyn & Alison Webber; and high school sweetheart to the love of his life, Julia Tapper, his fiancee. Matthew attended Nazarene Christian Academy in New Bedford and graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in 2012. Matthew was known by all for his blazing blue eyes, dedication & loyalty to those he loved and his infectious smile. He was nicknamed "The Smiling Warrior."

Matthew was born to be a United States Marine. He wanted to follow in the footstepsa Boston Herald: Born To Be A Marine of his father, who was also a Marine during the Vietnam War, and defend his beloved country. In August 2012, Matthew left home to enter the United States Marine Corps Bootcamp at Parris Island, SC. On November 16, 2012, Matthew earned the title of a United States Marine. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. Matthew served the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

On December 11, 2013, Matthew was killed in action in the Helmand LCpl. Matthew R. RodriguezProvince, Afghanistan.  He has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO Medal International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan. He served his country with true patriotism and is a real American hero. Just a couple of weeks before deployment, Matthew got a tattoo that read, "For Those I Love I Will Sacrifice." Matthew bravely paid the ultimate sacrifice for the love of his country, family and friends. His heroism, sacrifice, honor and memory will never be forgotten
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