Matthew R. Rodriguez

Age: 19
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Lance Corporal
Unit: 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Station: Camp Pendleton, CA

Killed in Action: December 11, 2013
Location: Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom

Medals & Commendations: Purple Heart, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terror

Hometown: Fairhaven, MA
Family: He is survived by his loving parents, Rod and Lisa; the love of his life, his fiancée, Julia Tapper of Fairhaven; his siblings, Adam Rodriguez of Fairhaven, Lisa Doherty and her husband Joseph of Taunton, Lauren Webber and her husband Scott of Brockton; and his nieces, Abigail Doherty and Katelyn & Alison Webber. He is also survived by his future-in-laws, Christopher and Diane Tapper of Fairhaven; the entire Tapper family; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends from all over the country.