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Saturday, September 06, 2008

'The best and the bravest'

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, a Mt. Pleasant High School graduate, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Rodriguez and his dog, Jacko, were a special search team in the military police.
Jacko and Rodriguez slept together in Afghanistan, according to Rodriguez' wife. Rodriguez' patrol came under fire in central Afghanistan, and "Rod," as he was known to his Army buddies, was killed. Jacko survived.
Sgt. Rodriguez is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was 35. He joined the Army Reserves in 1994, and went on full-time active duty two years later.

Rodriguez told his wife that if anything happened to him, he wanted to be buried in Arlington, among the "best and the bravest."

(Photos courtesy Laura Rodriguez and the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for sharing your photos of your husband and his canine companion. Thanks to 'Rod' and all those that serve so willing and sacrifice so much for us. Those that give their all must not ever be forgotten.

10:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly hope they return the dog to you.

9:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I graduated with a Greg...he was a great person then, and truly was right up until his days here on earth ended. Greg, you'll always be remembered.

12:09 PM 

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