Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin's Remains Found in Iraq
Matthew Maupin, a 20-year-old University of Cincinnati student and Sam's Club employee, had been in Iraq just six weeks when his fuel convoy was ambushed on April 9, 2004. Members of the Army Reserve's 724th Transportation Company were attacked near Baghdad, and Maupin was captured.
A week later, Arab television network Al-Jazeera showed a video of Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.
A later Al-Jazeera video, deemed of poor quality, showed insurgents assembling a firing squad to kill an American prisoner. But Army officials said the tape didn't clearly identify the prisoner.
His remains were found recently somewhere in Iraq. I don't suppose the Code Pink people will be protesting an obvious war crime such as this. They are too worried about prisoners we have who might have underwear put over their head. The death of a prisoner held by our adversaries can't compare in their eyes to prisoners in Gitmo sitting around twiddling their thumbs.
Truth is if the tiny gaggle of women who agitate for our surrender in Iraq were all stacked up on top of each other would not reach the stature necessary to tie the laces on Sgt. Maupin's boots.
More than 100 people familiar with the Maupin family's plight turned up last night at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center east of Cincinnati for an impromptu candlelight vigil, family friend June Izzi-Bailey said.
"Everybody came to see them," Izzi-Bailey said. "They're holding up as well as they can, considering that they were really expecting him to come home."
The Maupins created the support center, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving troop morale. Within two years of their son's capture, the Maupins and the center had mailed nearly 30,000 care packages to soldiers; they included pictures of their son and the request that they keep on the lookout for him.
God Bless the Maulpin Family.