US Army Sergeant Rodolfo "Rudy" Rodriguez Jr., age 26, from Pharr, Texas, was killed in action on 14th September 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He died from injuries sustained from an enemy bomb blast.
Sgt. Rodriguez served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He deployed to Afghanistan in August and was due home in December.
Sgt. Rodriguez leaves his wife Melissa, 7-year-old son Derek, 5-year-old daughter Kathlyn and his parents, Rodolfo and Cristella.