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In her own words: How a Marine veteran amputee conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Date Published: April 4, 2017 By: Kirstie Ennis Publication: MilitaryTimes; Original Article — In her own words: How a Marine veteran amputee conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for charity Editor’s note: Retired Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March as part of a fundraising effort for Waterboys.org, a nonprofit founded by NFL defensive end Chris […]

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Local Gold Star families gather as fallen soldiers honored in New Bedford

Date Published: November 2, 2015 Author: Sandy Quadros Bowles Publication: South Coast Today; Original Article — Local Gold Star families gather as fallen soldiers honored in New Bedford Local Gold Star families gather as fallen soldiers honored Gold Star father Steven G. Xiarhos gives the pledge of allegiance to the flag during a event at the New […]

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New Bedford Park Gets Bright New Tables In Honor Of Fallen Soldiers

Date Published: August 6, 2015 Author: Mike Lawrence Publication: South Coast Today; Original Article — New Bedford Park Gets Bright New Tables In Honor Of Fallen Soldiers NEW BEDFORD — Four bright new picnic tables were placed this week next to the New Bedford Regional Airport playground honoring Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, and the people […]

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New Bedford Playground Honors Fallen Marine Matthew Rodriguez

Date Published: May 11, 2014 Author: Simón Rios Publication: South Coast Today; Original Article — New Bedford Playground Honors Fallen Marine Matthew Rodriguez NEW BEDFORD — For the family and friends of the fallen Marine Matthew Rodriguez, it was only fitting that the weather held out while a playground was dedicated to his honor. SIMON RIOS/THE […]

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Playground Honors Fairhaven Marine

Date Published: May 11, 2014 Author: Peter Gelzinis Publication: Boston Herald; Original Article —   Playground Honors Fairhaven Marine CHILD’S PLAY: Julia Tapper, the Marine’s fiancee, joins Rodriguez’s father, Rolando, as they cut the ribbon. At 19, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez was living his dream. To quote one of the commanding officers of his platoon, […]

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‘We have to keep on walking,’ Fallen Marine’s Family Says

Date Published: April 9, 2014 Author:  Curt Brown Publication: South Coast Today; Original Article — ‘We have to keep on walking,’ Fallen Marine’s Family Says A grieving family devotes itself to charitable acts, including the establishment of a memorial foundation in the name of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, who was killed in Afghanistan […]

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In Afghan War’s Twilight, Two Farewells In Mass

Date Published: February 17, 2014 Author:  Brian MacQuarrie Publication: The Boston Globe; Original Article  — In Afghan War’s Twilight, Two Farewells In Mass Erin Vasselian left her job at Starbucks an hour early on Dec. 23, her mind swirling with thoughts of Christmas preparations and a husband stationed with the Marines half a world away […]

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Obituary

Date Published: December 21 & 22, 2013 Publication: Multiple.  Origional Article — LCpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, U.S.M.C. December 11, 2013 LCpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, U.S.M.C., 19 years old, of Fairhaven was killed in action in Afghanistan Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Born in Wareham, the son of Rolando “Rod” and Lisa (Johnson) Rodriguez, he lived in […]

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Young Marine’s Death A Reminder War’s Not Over

Date Published: December 14, 2013 Author(s): Peter Gelzinis Publication: Boston Herald;  Original Article — Young Marine’s Death A Reminder War’s Not Over It was just a year ago last November and Lauren Webber remembered it as a “joyous event.” Her entire family journeyed from Fairhaven to Parris Island to watch her kid brother, Matt, fulfill […]

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