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He was a popular teenager on the cusp of manhood, who had planned to marry his sweetheart and start another chapter of his life.


That is how residents in this heartbroken coastal town of 16,000 are remembering Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Marine who this week became another tragedy of war in Afghanistan.


The Pentagon said Rodriguez, a combat engineer, died Wednesday “while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.”


Rodriguez has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.


“In a war that is supposed to be over, our men and our women are coming back in body bags. It’s not over,” a friend said. 
RIP. Your service will never go in vain!

He was a popular teenager on the cusp of manhood, who had planned to marry his sweetheart and start another chapter of his life.

That is how residents in this heartbroken coastal town of 16,000 are remembering Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Marine who this week became another tragedy of war in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said Rodriguez, a combat engineer, died Wednesday โ€œwhile conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.โ€

Rodriguez has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

โ€œIn a war that is supposed to be over, our men and our women are coming back in body bags. Itโ€™s not over,โ€ a friend said.ย 

RIP. Your service will never go in vain!

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