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Age:   22
Hometown: Allendale, SC
Date of Death: 7/6/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

You could tell Rodricka A. Youmans liked being a Marine just by looking at what he wore around the house _ his khaki-colored casual dress uniform. "He liked the respect people gave him when they saw the uniform," said his father, Johnnie Youmans, a staff sergeant in the South Carolina Army National Guard. The younger Youmans, 22, of Allendale, S.C., died July 6 when his vehicle struck a mine near Fallujah, Iraq. He was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After graduating from high school in 2000, Youmans studied to be a mechanic in Houston. He returned home and enlisted in the Marine Corps after being laid off from his last job. Youmans joined the military to support his fiancee, Stephanie Cuthbertson, and children, Amiyah, 4, and Mekhi, 1. A third child, Rodricka Jr., is due this summer. "I need to be a man," Youmans'' parents recalled their son telling them when he enlisted. "I need to take care of my kids."
Source: Associated Press
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