FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Hundreds of people stood in the rain to honor a U.S. Marine from Fairhaven killed in combat operations in Afghanistan.
While friends of family of Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez filled the First Congregational Church on Monday for his funeral, others, mostly strangers, held U.S. flags outside.
He was buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
The 19-year-old Rodriguez died Dec. 11 during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Rodriguez graduated in 2012 from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and enlisted in the Marines in August 2012.
Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. William Keating were among the dignitaries who attended the funeral.