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Camp Pendleton Marine killed in Afghanistan

December 12th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments
Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez, seen here in his boot camp portrait taken in 2012, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Photo courtesy 1st Marine Division.

Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez, seen here in his boot camp portrait taken in 2012, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Photo courtesy 1st Marine Division.

A Marine from Camp Pendleton died Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday morning.

Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, was killed in Helmand Province while conducting combat operations, the DoD said. He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Rodriguez, a native of Fairhaven, Mass., enlisted on Aug. 20, 2012, according to the 1st Marine Division release.

He is a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO Medal – International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

2,153 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, according to an ongoing DoD casualty statistics report updated Thursday morning. A total of 2,288 deaths have been recorded for OEF, including three U.S. civilians and additional military personnel killed in locations other than Afghanistan.

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