A 28-year-old Army soldier with Maryland ties who drove heavy vehicles was killed Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez, a father of three, was in the midst of what was to be his last deployment, said his wife, Tiffanie Rodriguez. He had previously served in Afghanistan for a year beginning in October 2003, and twice was deployed to Iraq.
Two months ago, Rodriguez’s truck was hit by a roadside bomb, the seventh time he had fallen victim to such a weapon riddling the streets, Tiffanie Rodriguez said.
“The doctor wanted him to come home right away,” she said. “But he didn’t want to leave yet.”
Her husband, Tiffanie Rodriguez said, wanted to complete one more mission.
“He was just too young for this,” she said. “He was too young to go, that’s another soldier dead.”
The explosion also killed another soldier, Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.