View Full Version : Matt Maupin's remains found in Iraq
03-30-2008, 08:03 PM
Breaking news on Channel 12. :(
Fair warning: I would not like to see this thread turn political.
03-30-2008, 08:39 PM
That's very sad, but in a way it has to be a load off the back of the family. I really feel for the Maupins right now.:(
03-30-2008, 09:04 PM
It brings closure... RIP, Matt...:(
03-30-2008, 09:04 PM
I heard this evening at church. The family was just notified this afternoon. They found his body on Friday but had to wait until today to get DNA confirmation. I go to church with his aunt, his dad's sister. I just saw his dad last week. This family has poured themselves into supporting the families of soldiers and into holding out hope for Matt's return. This is going to be a rough time for them.
03-30-2008, 09:18 PM
God bless the Maupins and our military. Continued prayers for those in harms way
* shame a warning has to be put in in regards to Maupin.
03-30-2008, 09:33 PM
I am sorry to hear this news. RIP, Matt.
03-30-2008, 10:19 PM
:cry: What a horribly sad result after keeping vigil for 3 years and 11 months. RIP, Matt. I am so sorry this happened to you.
Here's his Wiki bio
03-30-2008, 10:49 PM
Here's the story from the AP
Remains ID'd as missing Ohio soldier's
By TERRY KINNEY, Associated Press Writer
8 minutes ago
BATAVIA, Ohio - The father of a soldier listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004 said Sunday that the military had informed him that his son's remains had been found.
Keith Maupin said an Army general told him DNA testing had identified the remains of his son, Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, or "Matt" as he was commonly known. He said the Army didn't say how or where in Iraq his son's remains were discovered, only that officials found a shirt similar to the one his son was wearing at the time of his disappearance.
"My heart sinks, but I know they can't hurt him anymore," Maupin said, speaking in the soldier's hometown near suburban Cincinnati.
The Army was continuing its investigation, he said.
Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington, confirmed that the Maupins were notified Sunday that their son's remains had been identified. Packnett said an official statement about the identification would be released Monday.
Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy, part of the 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.
A week later, the Arab television network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape showing Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.
That June, Al-Jazeera aired another tape purporting to show a U.S. soldier being shot. But the dark and grainy tape showed only the back of the victim's head and not the actual shooting.
The Maupins refused to believe it was their son, and the Army had listed him as missing-captured. The Maupins lobbied hard for the Army to continue listing their son as missing-captured, fearing that another designation would undermine efforts to find him.
Keith Maupin said the Army told him early on that there was only a 50 percent chance his son would be found alive. He said he doesn't hold the Army responsible for his son's death, but that he did hold the Army responsible for bringing his son home.
"I told them when we'd go up to the Pentagon, whether he walks off a plane or is carried off, you're not going to leave him in Iraq like you did those guys in Vietnam," Maupin said.
Keith Maupin and his ex-wife, Carolyn, held a candlelight vigil Sunday night outside the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Batavia, an office they used to package thousands of boxes of donated snacks and toiletries for shipment to soldiers in Iraq.
"It hurts," Carolyn Maupin said of her son's death. "After you go through almost four years of hope, and this is what happens, it's like a let down, so I'm trying to get through that right now."
Two U.S. soldiers remain missing in action in Iraq. Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old Iraqi-born reserve soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., was abducted while visiting his Iraqi wife on Oct. 23, 2007, in Baghdad. Capt. Michael Speicher, a Navy pilot, has been missing since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Matt Maupin graduated from Glen Este High School, just east of Cincinnati, in 2001 and attended the University of Cincinnati for a year before joining the Army Reserves.
Dan Simmons, the athletic director at Glen Este, remembered Maupin as a quiet but hardworking backup player on the school's football team.
"Matt was a selfless kid on the football field," Simmons said. "He did whatever the coaches told him. He wasn't a starter, but he made the other kids play harder."
A month after his capture, Maupin was promoted to the rank of specialist. In April 2005, he was promoted to sergeant.
03-31-2008, 12:19 AM
Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to Matt's family. :(
03-31-2008, 07:06 AM
Between Matt Maupin and Nuxie being honored before the game, something tells me I will be crying at GABP later this morning.
Maybe there is a little crying in baseball.
03-31-2008, 11:13 AM
RIP Matt. My prayers are with your family as they finally get closure on this terrible situation.
03-31-2008, 09:06 PM
RIP true American hero and best wishes to the entire family for some peace of mind after 4 long years.
03-31-2008, 09:08 PM
03-31-2008, 11:13 PM
Nice of the Reds to pay tribute before the game. Just like LtlAbner, I found out that maybe Tom Hanks was wrong.
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