New England's War Dead: Afghanistan
Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, Fairhaven
Rodriguez, who graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High
School, enlisted in the service in August 2012 and was engaged to be married. A combat
engineer with the US Marines, he was assigned to First Combat Engineer Battalion, First
Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. He died on
Dec. 11, 2013, 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.