Isaac Rodriguez was born on March 22, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 24, 1983, and completed basic training at NTC Orlando, Florida, in April 1983. Rodriguez next attended Torpedoman A School at Orlando from April to July 1983, followed by service aboard the submarine tender USS Proteus (AS-19) home-ported at Apra Harbor, Guam, from August 1983 to December 1984. He then attended Mark 46 Torpedo training at NTC Orlando from January to March 1985, before serving with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from March 1985 to February 1987. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in January 1989, Petty Officer Rodriguez was assigned to SEAL Team FOUR at NAB Little Creek, and deployed with his Team to Panama for Operation Just Cause in December 1989. He was badly wounded in a fire fight while advancing on a hangar at Patilla Field, Panama, on December 20, 1989, and died of his wounds while enroute to Kelly AFB, Texas, the same day. Isaac Rodriguez was buried at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.