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Ohio Soldier’s Remains Found in Iraq

MaupinSsgt Matt Maupin

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin’s parents vowed to never let the U.S. Army forget about finding their son.

Their efforts included trips to the Pentagon and even meeting with President Bush, but they ended in disappointment Sunday: An Army general told them the remains of Maupin, a soldier who had been listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004, had been found.

“My heart sinks, but I know they can’t hurt him anymore,” Keith Maupin said after receiving word about the remains of his son, who went by Matt.

The Army didn’t say how or where in Iraq his son’s remains were discovered, only that the identification was made with DNA testing, Maupin said. A shirt similar to the one his son was wearing at the time of his disappearance was also found.

The Army was continuing its investigation, Maupin said.

Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington, 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 Bartonville, Ill.-based 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.

Continued…

God grant Peace and Comfort to Mr. and Mrs. Maupin after the difficult years of waiting and upon learning of their loss.  May Ssgt Maupin rest in the arms of angels until our Savior comes.  Semper Fi Marine, your duty is done, and with the gratitude of your nation, may you rest in peace.

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March 31, 2008 - Posted by | In the News |

4 Comments »

  1. MR & MRS MAUPIN
    I CANNOT IMAGIN WHAT UR GOING THROUGH AT THIS TIME, BUT DO KNOW THAT THOUSANDS OF PARENTS LIKE ME KEEP BOTH OF U IN OUR DAILY PRAYERS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL SON WHO WAS WILLING TO SACRAFICE HIS LIFE FOR US. MY HEART GOES OUT TO BOTH OF YOU. I ALSO HAVE A SON THAT IS SERVING IN IRAQ, BUT NEVERTHELESS THAT DOES NOT STOP YOUR PAIN, MAY THE LORD GIVE YOU AND UR HUSBAND THE STRENGTH AND COMFORT
    TO SURPASS THE LOSS OF YOUR SON. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH U ALWAYS. MRS ESTER LOPEZ

    Comment by ester Lopez | March 31, 2008

  2. I will be passing this thread onto the Maupins at some point. I good friend is a Viet Nam Vet and lives down that way and knows the Maupins very well. They have been and will continue to be an example of the kinds of families that have made America such a wonderful country to be a part of. Thank you Ester for the kind and heartfelt post. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated. God’s protection to your son and thank you and your family for standing up for America.

    Comment by HoosierArmyMom | April 1, 2008

  3. My son is in Iraq right now. He has been there for 3 weeks. This is his first mission. Any advice or suggestions.

    Comment by Becky | April 4, 2008

  4. Hi Becky:

    I will email you with some links to some good support. What you are going through isn’t easy, but your son is part of one of the best trained militaries in the world. There is much to say, but I will save it for an email. God bless you and your son and thanks for coming on and commenting.

    Comment by HoosierArmyMom | April 4, 2008


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