Keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers tonight:
Sgt. Matt Maupin is dead, the parents of the missing Clermont County soldier said today.
Maupin’s remain were found in Iraq, nearly four years after he was captured by insurgents, his parents said. An Army general visited them today and gave them the news, they said.
“Matt is coming home. He’s completed his mission,” his father, Keith Maupin, said.
Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured on April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy was ambushed west of Baghdad. He had been driving a supply truck.
Arab television network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape a week later 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 Glen Este High School graduate was the only U.S. military member still listed as missing-captured in Iraq. Military officials identified the remains through DNA, Keith Maupin said. He said he wasn’t told where the remains had been found.
“We don’t know where, just somewhere in Iraq.They found a shirt similar to what he (Matt) was wearing,” Keith Maupin said. “They had DNA and confirmed it was Matt.”
They adopted a saying:
Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan Frame (“Love Never Loses Its Way Home”), a West African proverb, is used in Iraq among the troops to describe the search for Staff Sergeant Maupin. The Maupin family also used the phrase as a cornerstone for their hope that Matt would one day return home.
Let’s hope our troops find the animals who murdered Maupin and deliver justice.
Here’s a YouTube tribute to Sgt. Maupin posted last year:
And another one from a soldier who served with him: