|PFC Keith Matthew Maupin
Captured in Iraq
April 9, 2004
Unit:Army Reserve's 724th Transportation Company
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Batavia,Ohio
Date of Loss: April 9, 2004
Country of Loss: Iraq
Loss Coordinates: Outside Baghdad
Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by Last Firebase Veterans Archives Project from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
Private First Class Keith "Matt" Maupin, 20, an Army Reservist from Batavia, Ohio was reported missing April 9, 2004 outside of Baghdad.
On Friday, April 9th the U.S. military released a statement that seven employees of Halliburton Co. subsidiary and two American soldiers, Keith "Matt" Maupin and Elmer C. Krause, were missing after their convoy was ambushed outside of Baghdad. Maupin had been listed as "whereabouts unknown" after his convoy was attacked. The Army changed Pfc. Maupin official status to "captured" after the release of a videotape showing the 20-year-old soldier being held by five masked gunmen.
The Arabic television station Al-Jazeera aired the video footage of Maupin in captivity April 16, 2004. He told the camera "My name is Keith Matthew Maupin," he said on the tape. "I am a soldier from the 1st Division. I am married with a 10-month-old child. I came to liberate Iraq, but I did not come willingly because I wanted to stay with my child"
Jack Cleland, an assistant manager at Sam's Club in Cincinnati where Pfc. Maupin once worked, said he could see Maupin's excitement when he was ready to leave for Iraq. His uncle, Stephan Maupin of La Grange, Kentucky, said he's glad his nephew looked unhurt. A former Marine, Stephan said he wished his nephew had found a different way to pay for college other than joining the Army Reserve. Pfc. Maupin is a member of the 724th Transportation Company based at Bartonville, Ill. He is originally from Batavia, Ohio, where his family waits and prays for his safe return.
The following statement was released on behalf of the captured soldier's family.
"I'd like to make a statement on behalf of the Maupin family. To all the families and friends who have expressed such a great outpouring of support, we'd like to say the following:
We have viewed the videotape of Matt, as all of you have, I'm sure, and our family is very happy and prays for Matt's safety.
We have believed all along that our prayers would be answered, and we ask that you continue to believe in his safe return, believe in the efforts of our military as we do right now, believe in their skill and know-how as we do and most importantly, believe in Matt Maupin.
To show your belief in his safe return, we ask the community of Batavia as well as surrounding communities and across the nation to tie yellow ribbons in Matt's honor till he safely returns home, so that when he does return home, he'll see the support that we've seen over the course of these last five days.
On behalf of his mother, and his brother, Stephen, his brother, Micah, and his sister, Learn, and the rest of his family, I'd like to say, 'Matt, we love you and we can't wait till we get to hug you again.'