Chris B Rodgers

Chris B Rodgers

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GRIFFIN, GA, US
U.S. Marine Corps
LCPL, 1ST BN 2D MAR, (RCT-2, I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
05/06/2010, CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN

Marine Lance Corporal Christopher Blake Rodgers was killed in action on September 1, 2010 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He was 20 years old. Christopher, or Blake as he was known to family and friends, was a lifelong Griffinite, from Griffin, Georgia.  Blake attended Crescent Elementary School and Taylor Street Middle School before graduating from Spalding High School as a member of the Class of 2008. As a child, Blake was an avid Lego builder.  He built houses, buildings, ships, planes, and anything else he could design. He also played baseball on several youth league teams. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, paintball, airsoft, shooting and just hanging out with his friends. He was a highly accomplished artist. Blake was also an authority on aircraft, a passion he indulged through reading, building models, drawing aircraft, visiting airports and attending air shows.

All that changed though on September 11, 2001, when Blake, then 11 years old, witnessed airplanes  used as suicide weapons against the twin towers in New York City. He set about learning how to be a Marine even at that young age.  He enrolled in the Spalding High School JROTC’s Jaguar Battalion and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. His leadership helped his cadets and their Company win Best Marching Company award. But it was his membership in the Battalion’s Raider Competition Team that meant the most to him. He was part of their competitive “muscle” in a grueling combination of endurance racing, orienteering, cross country running, simulated rescue operations, fitness testing, strength and agility courses, rope bridge building, field problem solving and team building exercises, a These day long endurance tests took he and his teammates on competitions throughout Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.  He was selected as his Recruit Platoon’s Distinguished High Scoring Marksman earning the Expert Rifleman Badge.  Blake carried with him a small, desert camo New Testament that Blake carried during Boot Camp; where the quote, “I will never give up, never give in. Take it as it comes and grow stronger” was written in his hand, on its inside front cover.  His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, NATO International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Sea Service Medal and Combat Action Medal.

Blake Rodgers was a warm, kind, caring and considerate young man. He was polite, respectful and mindful of others. Quick to volunteer and to help, he was also a thoughtful planner and facilitator. Oftentimes the first to lavish others with praise and compliments, he was always reluctant to accept them for himself. His innovative, never quit attitude and infectious sense of humor made him a natural leader. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew him as well as those who only knew of him.  Blake exemplified desire, honesty, hard work and dedication. He loved being an American,  and he loved HIS Marine Corps.

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18 Responses to “Chris B Rodgers”
  1. Doris Wilson says:

    Although I never met Blake in person, I do know about his character through my son Joe who is also a Marine. I remember him also saying “I’ve never met a nicer guy then Blake”. For myself, I have to say, I have never met a more loving family. Blakes father has been an inspiration to so many people. I feel as if they are my family, just as much as my own. For that I want to thank you Blake, you are a wonderful gift, that keeps on giving. I am so blessed by you. Thank you Rodgers family for giving me the chance to share…

  2. Diana Knuckles Henry says:

    Dear Blake,

    Don’t worry about your dad buddy, we’ve got his six!

    Sincerely,

    USMC MOM
    Diana

  3. Tania Sanchez says:

    Thank you Blake for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten!
    Semper Fidelis.

  4. Donna says:

    I never had the honor of meeting Blake face to face, but I feel as if I have known him forever. He was the same age and rank as my son (also a U.S. Marine) when he lost his life. The impact of his passing has reached far and wide. He has touched many lives and left many wonderful memories, I have learned of this from his father (an outstanding, very proud Marine Dad) and posts I see from many of his friends. He will never be forgotten…….I honor him everyday by having a memory magnet on my car and a PGR patch on my jacket. Rest in Peace Blake!

  5. Megan Reynolds says:

    I met Blake a couple times when I was a kid and a young teen. He was on my brothers baseball team, so I knew him, but not very well. When I heard a Marine died in our community, I was very sad, but the sorrow hadn’t hit quite so hard until I met his grandmother. I was at work the night of Blake’s visitation and a family came in wearing nice clothes and one lady had a picture of Blake pinned to her dress. I sat them to their table and she told me how Blake was killed. Then she went on to say how much she loved him and how caring he was. I cried and gave her a hug and told her that I would keep them in my prayers. She thanked me and told me she would keep my brother (who is a Marine and will be going back to Iraq later this year) in hers. They got up to leave and I went outside and to tell her goodbye and she gave me a hug and later told me that she loved me. Mrs.Rodgers touched my heart that night.

    Then, I met Blake’s family a couple months after his passing. They are the strongest, sweetest people you will ever meet. They are my everyday inspiration, especially Emily. I know if it had been my brother I would not have handeled it quite like her. I pray that God would one day give me a strength like theirs.
    I didn’t know Blake well, but his grandmother, his family, and his story touched me, and made me feel like I lost my best friend. I think of Blake daily and pray for his family always.
    Thanks to the Rodgers family.
    Thank you Blake for giving all you could give. I am a free citizen. I am a safe citizen. It’s all because of people like you. Thank you, Marine! SEMPER FIDELIS
    God Bless our military and God bless the Rodgers family.
    – Megan Reynolds

  6. Angie Rahman says:

    I never had the honor of meeting Blake personally, but through what his family has shared about him, I know he was an amazing person. This is true of his entire family as well. They are amazing people, and Blake has made them, and all who knew him, very proud. Blake will always be remembered. He was a hero in this life, and continues to be one even as he has laid his life down for us. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend, and Blake did just that, for all of us. I will be forever grateful. My love to his family. I vow to keep your son’s memory alive. His bumper sticker goes with me wherever I go, and I see people reading it. So, it’s working. He’s still touching people. RIP, Marine. Job well done, true and faithful servant. You now proudly guard the gates of Heaven. Semper Fi, and God bless you all.
    -Angie Rahman

  7. Vanessa Parsons says:

    I never had the honor of meeting Blake or a face to face meeting with his parents. I am a mother of a Marine and even though miles seperate us we are a family. We share the joy of our children and also the loss of our children. Blake will forever be in my heart and I pay tribute to him with a memory magnet placed on my car. God Bless our Military

  8. Sandra Courtois says:

    I grew up with Blake’s mom and remain close friends with his family. I watched Blake grow into the fine young man that he had become. My family and our friends watched as Blake went into the Marines, supporting him and his family. We celebrated with them when he came home from basic training and each time he came home to visit. With hearts heavy and many prayers, we watched Blake leave American soil to fight for another country’s freedom. With heavier hearts…..we watched our hero’s final return home last September. We know he watches us now from his heavenly home.
    We love and miss you Blake, now and always. We will continue to be here for your mom, dad and em!!
    And I know you already know……your mom is on FB!!!!
    RIP Marine
    Bryan, Sandra, Kate and Evan

  9. Renee Ellis says:

    Blake is a true American Hero in every sense of the word!!

    I never met Blake personally but through his Dad Chris I feel like I have. My son Logan is the same age as Blake and also an Infantry Marine. Being that this was all new to me, I looked for support and found it on Facebook through many Marine families. Chris was one of the stand outs. I followed Blake through Chris in everything he was up to. We were all excited when Blake was getting ready to return from deployment, but it was not to be. At least, not the way we had expected. When I heard the news, I broke down as if I had lost my own son, because I felt that we all had lost our “own son”. Blake has become a part of my heart there fore a part of my family. I am so proud of him and so thankful for his selfless sacrifice to our country. As well as his families sacrifice. I pray everyday that they find strength and courage. I as well as my Marine son honor Blake with our car magnets and always tell people what I know about him when they ask. I also ask them to please say a prayer for his family and our troops still serving.

    All gave some, and some gave all.

    Thank you Blake! Rest easy Marine.

    Thank you Chris, Jane and Emily for sharing your beautiful son with us!!
    SEMPER FIDELIS!!
    God Bless You!!

    Much love,
    Renee Ellis – USMC Mom

  10. Marcia Gray - USMC Mom says:

    Thank you, Blake, for your love of our country, knowing that your deep love could lead to the ultimate sacrifice, which you so boldly and bravely gave, in honor and dignity! We love your family – they are keeping you alive and well in all our hearts, where we hold them close and tenderly love them. Rest in peace, Marine, you are a hero!

  11. Vicki Hyatt says:

    Thank you, Blake. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice. Semper Fi!

  12. Penny Schneider says:

    I had the honor and privilege of watching Blake grow up in his HS days. He was on the JROTC Raiders with my oldest son, Matt. When you saw one you saw the other. While I can’t say I know what Blake’s parents are going through (because I still have all my children) I do however feel as though I lost one of my “kids” the day I heard of Blake’s passing. I thought it had to be a bad dream.

    Blake’s parents and sister have been a “TOWER OF STRENGTH” for the whole community as we have all grieved over the loss of Blake. They attend each and every honor for Blake always with a smile and dignity, much better than I know I could.

    Blake, we miss you and that mischief smile you had, we miss seeing you hanging out with Matt and camping in the “big woods”. You will always be OUR HERO!

    We appreciate your sacrifice and the sacrifice that your parents and sister continue with on a daily basis.

    We love you!
    Pete and Penny Schneider & Family

  13. Karen Denas says:

    As a Mother of a Marine I feel a special bond with all of these heroes and their families. I can only imagine the pain and void that Blake’s loss has created but I do know that he will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on. May God continue to Bless Blake’s family.

  14. Anita says:

    Chris, Jane and Emily…
    Blake is forever in my heart and will not be forgotten. Words can’t express the feelings in my heart. Blake is a hero.
    Rest easy Marine and God wrap your loving arms around his family and give them peace. I also pray God that you help those making decisions to find a way to end wars and bring our guys home soon! Amen.
    A Infantry (0311) Marine mom,
    Anita

  15. Olivia Tooley says:

    Although I never met Blake in person, I had the honor of getting to know him through his father. He was the type of young man that I would have liked to have know personally. Rest in peace Blake.

    Olivia
    Marine Mom – Montna

  16. Kylie Williams says:

    The Hibberts will not forget you Chris! Semper Fi Chris!

  17. Warfighters Ink has been displaying the tribute tattoos of those that have honored Blake and in search of over 40+ that have done so. Once we have located as many as possible, I would love to share his story with our main project, The Graffiti Of War Project. I would like to add his story as well to our upcoming book of Warfighters Ink. Rest in Peace, brother! NEVER FORGOTTEN! IF anyone else has or knows of others that have honored him with Ink, please email me at junior@graffitiofwar.com

    Luis Jurado
    The Graffiti of War Project
    http://www.graffitiofwar.com

  18. brett canfield says:

    I miss you buddy. Im sorry I wasn’t able to share my emotion’s with you family after our platoon got home. Im sorry I didn’t go to your funeral. when I get this old motorcycle fixed im gona go see ya in Georgia. I love you bro semper fi.

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