He was convinced he was doing the best for him, the family and the world.
— Carlos Lopez, uncle
Rodriguez died March 12 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. In December 2009, Rodriguez enlisted in the Army, just days after his cousin, Carlos Alberto Lopez, also joined.
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