|courtesy of Des Philippet|
Although he had registered for the draft in 1940, John wasn't drafted until March 1944 and was working as a farm hand at that time. After his basic military training he was sent to the European theater. PVT Rodriguez was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 25 Oct 1944 and participated in the fighting at Baesweiler, Setterich and Koslar before being killed in action at Koslar on 27 Nov 1944.
PVT Rodriguez rests forever in the Netherlands American Cemetery.