Pfc. Rodricka A. Youmans
April 23, 2018
Died July 6, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
22, of Allendale, S.C.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed July 6 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.
South Carolina Marine killed in Iraq
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 22-year-old Marine from Allendale was killed in a bomb attack by Iraqi insurgents, his father said Thursday.
Pvt. Rodericka Antwan Youmans was one of four Marines who died Tuesday near Fallujah, his father, Johnny Youmans, said.
Johnny Youmans said Marine Corps officials notified him of his son’s death about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “I was coming home, and I saw a government truck in front of the house. I knew it was nothing good,” he said.
Marine Corps officials said the leathernecks were conducting security operations in Anbar province.
Johnny Youmans said his son called home last week to say he was doing well and that “he loved all of us.”
Rodericka Youmans was engaged to Stephanie Cuthbertson, 20, of Allendale. They were planning to marry in September when his unit was scheduled to return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Cuthbertson said.
“I loved everything about him. His sense of humor and the way he treated me. He was very sweet and very giving,” she said.
Rodericka Youmans, a graduate of Allendale-Fairfax High School, joined the Marines about a year ago and went through boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., his father said.
“He was almost 21 when he joined. He couldn’t find a job and when he did, he’d get laid off because the economy was so bad. He had two kids and needed to support them,” Johnny Youmans said.
Rodericka Youmans wanted to make a career out of the military, his father said.
“He loved it,” Johnny Youmans said. “He liked the respect that he received. It changed his whole life. He wanted to do the right thing.”
Survivors include his children, Amiyah, 4, and Mekhi, 1.