March 30, 2008

Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, RIP

Filed under: US & Allied Military — Tom @ 11:10 pm

From ABC News (original HT to a caller; blog coverage first noted at Porkopolis):

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 were found in Iraq.

Keith Maupin said at a news conference in suburban Cincinnati that 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.

There’s much more coverage at the Cincinnati Enquirer, which updated with this news a short time ago:

Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin’s mother took a call from President Bush tonight extending his condolences after the Army identified the missing soldier’s remains in Iraq.

Bush has met several times with the Maupins during the past four years and pledged to them that everything would be done to find out what had happened to their son after he was captured by insurgents on April 9, 2004.

Carolyn Maupin took the President’s call on a cell phone at 9:45 p.m. behind the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Batavia.

Carolyn Maupin’s friend, June Izzi Bailey, said she was told the White House had just found out about the DNA match and called the family as quickly as possible.

Comments from around the SOB Alliance and elsewhere (to be updated as more appear):

  • Porkopolis, who kept up with developments better than anyone else in the Alliance — “Matt Maupin is no longer with us, but his patriotism and love of his country lives on.”
  • Taxman Blog — “May God bless his soul.”
  • Michelle Malkin — “Keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers tonight ….. Let’s hope our troops find the animals who murdered Maupin and deliver justice.”
  • LW at Blackfive — “May his family know peace from having him home, and may the light shine on them all the days to come.”
  • Bill Keane — “Please pray that his parents have some measure of comfort going forward.”
  • Others — Ben Keeler, Brian at One Oar.
  • (March 31) Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion — “The great sorrow that I feel for the Maupin family is tempered only by the relief in knowing that, like the Maupin family themselves have stated, the enemy can no longer harm him. I am also experiencing a renewed seething anger at our enemy.”
  • (March 31) Excelsior’s comment at NixGuy’s place — “May God bless the Maupin family with peace and strength. And may God bless the United States of America, and give us the fortitude and determination to defeat the Islamist thugs and murderers in Iraq, in Afghanistan and wherever around the world we may find them.”

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UPDATE: I held off commenting until I learned that Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Reds would do the right thing and dedicate portions of Opening Day events to the Matt Maupin and his family. They will, and how fitting it is. It’s a great way for the Greater Cincinnati community to come together and honor their fallen hero. Rest in peace, sir.

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2 Comments

  1. May you rest in peace not matt. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family . God bless all of you

    IF YOU CANT STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS THEN FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEN ( I DARE YOU )

    Comment by Debby — March 31, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  2. My brother can rest in peace now. I’m in the Army and I feel that every Soldier is a part of me. I was part of a 9 man team that did a funeral just last week for SPC Crowder and Mr. Maupin was there and made a comment to one of the other Soldiers who was with us that his son will be home soon. When I heard the news that SSG Maupin’s body had been found my heart dropped and tears came to my eyes. My prayers are with the family as they grieve. Just know that your son did a good thing by defending our country. God bless you and is soul!

    Comment by SSG Robinson — April 1, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

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