March 30, 2008

A Hard Day
— Dave in Texas

The family of Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin was informed today by the United States Army that the remains of their son have been recovered and identified through DNA testing.


BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - The father of Matt Maupin, a soldier listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004 said today 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.

Sgt. Maupin was captured almost four years ago in an ambush west of Baghdad. He was a graduate of Glen Este High School, near Cincinnati, and was a student at the University of Cincinnati when he joined the Army Reserves.

Words fail. They just do. I wish I could find some, something. Instead I just grieve with his family, and pray for their healing from such a difficult ordeal, and their painful loss.

Requiescat in pacem Sgt. Maupin.

Thanks for the tip Kevlarchick

Posted by: Dave in Texas at 04:00 PM | Comments (59)
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1 A simple thank you ,I know is not enough. Every breath and thought I am free to take is because of  SGT. Maupin and his family. Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by: Leslie at March 30, 2008 04:11 PM (OLbi5)

2 Since 2004 I have been hoping and praying that this day would not come.

Rest in peace soldier.

Job well done.

Thank you for sacrificing so much so that my family can live in peace and freedom here at home.

You won't be forgotten.

May God comfort the hearts of your family, your friends, and those who knew and loved you much more than the rest of us.

Posted by: Aye Chihuahua at March 30, 2008 04:12 PM (ht5YF)

3 Welcome home, Sgt. Maupin.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 30, 2008 04:13 PM (E5mM5)

4 Rest in peace, brother.  May God bless you and your family and hold all of you close to His heart.

Posted by: cranky at March 30, 2008 04:17 PM (tWD2Q)


When I saw this post the sidebar on how "Stop Loss" has flopped caught my eye.

The day that SSG Maupin was captured, PFC Jeremy Church distinguished himself by fighting through the ambush and rescuing many of those trapped in the kill zone.  Details can be found at

I guess where I'm going with this is that Hollywood doesn't seem inclined to make a movie about Maupin's murder (or the murders of other GIs who have fallen into enemy hands) or the heroics of men like PFC Church.  I wonder if any such film will ever be made.

When United 93 came out close friends told me that it was too soon to relive the experience.  Last year the dominant sentiment seemed to be that it was time to move on.  Did I miss the 15 minutes when it was acceptable to remember 9/11? 

War is difficult and dangerous-the President should have emphasized this at every opportunity.  Now that we seem to almost have victory in hand few seem inclined to bear any further sacrifice or place the sacrifice that has already occurred in honorable context.  The Oprah ethic that dominates our society can't elevate these soldiers to any higher status than victim.  It drives me to distraction.

Posted by: CavMedic at March 30, 2008 04:31 PM (rYFmu)

6 RIP and thank you.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2008 04:33 PM (0AZ4a)

7 We'll never know how much we owe such men and women let alone ever begin to repay them.

May God bless him and comfort his family.

Posted by: DrewM. at March 30, 2008 04:37 PM (hlYel)

8 Ah, nuts.

Always wished he'd have been found safe & sound. :-(

Posted by: urthshu at March 30, 2008 04:45 PM (bFqDX)


How does this country manage to produce such men and women?  I had been feeling sorry for myself all day, for shit that I now realize with shame is utterly inconsequential.  Thank you, sir. I will try to do better, sir.

no sarc tag here

Posted by: sherlock at March 30, 2008 04:53 PM (ojW85)


CavMedic, I'm sorry, I just now saw your comment in NiceDeb's thread. 


I got the email from KC and started writing about it.  Thanks for the head's up on that there.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2008 04:54 PM (Kz86N)

11 I find some comfort in the likely fact that we have already killed his killers.

Not a lot, but some.

Posted by: eman at March 30, 2008 04:59 PM (0AZ4a)

12 Memory eternal!   A grateful nation praises you.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at March 30, 2008 04:59 PM (/l0x0)



"Where do we find such men?" is hardly a new question. Think Bridges of Toko-Ri. I'm sure it was asked long before that.

When I was a recruiter for the Army, I was often frustrated by many of the young men and women I attempted to recruit. More often, I was impressed as hell. The kids are allright.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 30, 2008 04:59 PM (E5mM5)



Listen up--roll Call

Maupin! (x3)

SGT Maupin?

SGT Kieth Maupin!

One of you above should be able to offer the proper response to this painful call--one of ours is now (finally) accounted for and present.

Only had to do it once.  Sucked.  couldn't bring em all back, can't be every where at once.  Once you train, you gotta delegate, and trust your best was good enough.

Random chance on the battlefield is a fickle bitch and a faithless mistress.

Imagine this will occur for real (if not already) at his unit now, where it will be properly executed.

HOOAH, soldier.  Lie at Rest, son.

Posted by: 1SG at March 30, 2008 05:06 PM (xWFo/)

15 RIP my Brother.  I am thankful that they found SGT Maupin so that his family may properly take care of him and have some closure.  Never Forget!

Posted by: CDR M at March 30, 2008 05:19 PM (TJoU6)


When He Gets to Heaven,

To Saint Peter He Will Tell,

"One More Soldier Reporting Sir,

I've Served My Time in Hell."

Posted by: TheEJS at March 30, 2008 05:22 PM (nWQmo)

17 From the grasp of a hellish enemy to the arms of a grateful nation. Welcome home, Sgt. Maupin. Welcome home.

Posted by: Guy in Utah at March 30, 2008 05:41 PM (V3WTz)


My heart hurts. I never really expected a happy ending to this story, but still...

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Posted by: PaleoMedic at March 30, 2008 05:54 PM (YtsM1)


Don't post anywhere, but this story...well, this is different.


God Bless you Matt

Posted by: A Lurker at March 30, 2008 06:05 PM (KAbdH)

20 Thank You.

God bless you and your family.

Posted by: jerky at March 30, 2008 07:16 PM (1S8Fh)

21 I had long since feared this news of his demise. It had been such a long time, but every so often the Cincinnati news around here would mention him, and the enduring hope of his family. That hope is now dashed past recovery, and I grieve for their loss. Matt Maupin was a fine American, and ohio is the poorer for his death.

Posted by: exdem13 at March 30, 2008 07:55 PM (RXDLd)

22 We cannot let this sacrifice be in vain.  We need to be willing to fight for awareness of the Iraqi successes and the need to finish the fight as the war is won through the hardest of sacrifices.

His family can walk with their heads held high, but I'm sure they don't feel like it.  It must be so painful to know that the promise of defending your nation with your life has just fallen on your loved one's shoulders.

It's our job, every American's, to protect that sacrifice.

Posted by: Gohuckyourself at March 30, 2008 08:20 PM (8jYMc)

23 RIP SSG Maupin...

You have my eternal thanks and respect.

Posted by: thebronze at March 30, 2008 08:44 PM (N7KB1)

24 this morning my son told me he was signing up for the army rotc. I am both incredibly proud and paralyzingly scared. I can't go for him and can't say no.

Posted by: iconoclast at March 30, 2008 09:11 PM (8EflB)



He has come home; at the very least his family has this.  It is very, very little, but more than so many suffered in the past. 

Call to the Colors; sound Retreat and listen to the strains of the bugle.

His duty is done and he is home; let all men know the cost he has paid for them to breathe free and live as men should.

SGT Dave - "No greater love hath one man..."

Posted by: SGT Dave at March 30, 2008 09:38 PM (ETOgW)


The consolation, besides the fact that this Soldier’s remains are finally home, is that a lot of the terrorist muslim animals who are responsible for this type of atrocity, are in hell without their 72 virgins.

Rest easy, SGT Maupin.

Duty, Honor, Country



Posted by: sfcmac at March 31, 2008 03:00 AM (2BaDg)



You are so right about the "too early" crap. Don't despair about the society as a whole though, the media controls the news feeds carefully exaclty because they don't want to "inflame" the people.

Thanks for the story of Pfc Church.

Posted by: captkidney at March 31, 2008 03:38 AM (9UaBN)

28 Reqiescat in Pace, SGT Maupin

I was that which others did not want to be
I went where others feared to go
And did what others failed to do
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing and reluctantly
Accepted the thought of eternal loneliness.......should I fail
I have seen the face of terror;felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love
I have cried , pained, and hoped
I have lived times others would say were best foegotten
At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud
Of what I was........a soldier

Posted by: Sean Bannion at March 31, 2008 04:27 AM (epqk/)

29 Rest in peace, soldier, and God bless.

Posted by: Nice Deb at March 31, 2008 04:33 AM (vGyLr)

30 We may mourn the fallen, stand with the living, and honor them ALL.

Posted by: irongrampa at March 31, 2008 04:43 AM (N4pK7)

31 My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace, soldier.

Posted by: dragonlady474 at March 31, 2008 04:57 AM (E3XtI)


Sgt. Matt Maupin, RIP

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Condolences to the Maupin Family

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58 May god rest his soul in peace

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It's really a hard day.


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