Sunday, June 24, 2012

JBLM soldier from California dies in Afghanistan

by Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 8:09 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.? -- The Defense Department says a 22-year-old soldier from Gustine, Calif. has died in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire.

Sgt. Jose Rodriguez died Tuesday near Maiwand in Kandahar province.

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

The base said Rodriguez entered the Army in August 2008.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed with the 2nd Stryker Brigade in April.

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