Sunday, June 24, 2012

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced Friday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 22, of Gustine, Calif., died June 19, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy, small arms fire.

Rodriquez was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; his first deployment was from July 2009 through June 2010. He had just deployed with the 2nd Stryker Brigade to Afghanistan in April.

Rodriguez graduated from Gustine High School in 2008 and joined the Army later that year. In 2009, he was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.

His is survived by his wife Lupita Rodriguez and their 13-month-old son, Octavian.


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