Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael J Rodriguez

Sanford, North Carolina

April 23, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Spc

5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in As Sadah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their location.

SPC Michael (Rod) J. Rodriguez, 20, a fourth-generation soldier, died April 23, 2007, while serving his country in Iraq. Michael attended Berean Christian School and Central High School, where he was active in many things (but not homwrk, misspelled on purpose because that's the way Michael would have done it), including the Navy JROTC program. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on May 30, 1986 but loved Knoxville, Tenn., and considered it his hometown.

In preparation for joining the U.S. Army, Michael spent many hours starting fires, jumping out of trees and cooking and eating weeds. He practiced conservation of paper by rolling numerous homes and use of future military intelligence skills by hiding, losing, burying and having the lawn mower run over his homework. As all that knew Michael he had a loving heart and a great sense of humor.

In 2005, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to Bravo Troop, 5-73rd Calvary, and 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., to become a paratrooper. As an 82nd AA Paratrooper and Calvary Scout, Michael knew that his mission in Iraq was making a difference. An American Paratrooper, except to protect the blood of Innocents or his Brothers, does not willingly give his life; it must be taken from him. Michael proudly earned the honor of wearing the Calvary Stetson and Spurs. Michael has been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Michael was preceded in death by his aunt Joan Haynes (Hathead to Michael).

He is survived by his loving mom and dad, Lorie and Eric Southerland; and his father George T. Rodriguez III; brothers, George IV, Daniel, and Dan; sisters, Nancy, Katie, Katherine; close buddies Josh Hudgens and Wesley Rule; fiancée Caitlin Stone; caring grandparent, numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

Memorial services are planned for the 82nd Division Chapel on Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 11 a.m., with the rendering of full military honors and a celebration of life is planned at Chilhowee Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, P.O. Box 3968, Gaithersburg, MD 20885-3968 or the telephone number is 301-865-6327.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

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