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Keith Matthew Maupin
July 13, 1983 (1983-07-13) – c (2010-01-15T11:45:40) . 2004
U.S. Army SSG Keith "Matt" Maupin, circa 2004.
Nickname Matt
Place of birth Batavia, Ohio
Place of death unknown
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 2002 — 2008 (Captured/MIA status 2004-2008)
Rank US Army E-6.svg Staff Sergeant (posthumous)
Unit U.S. Army Reserves, 724th Transportation Company
Battles/wars Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Post-invasion Iraq (2003-present)
Awards [1]
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service
Prisoner of War ribbon.svg POW
Army Good Conduct ribbon.svg Good Conduct Medal
Ancient Order of St. Christopher

Keith Matthew "Matt" Maupin (born July 13, 1983, died c. 2004) was a United States Army Private First Class (PFC) captured by Iraqi insurgents on April 9, 2004, while serving in the Iraq War, after his convoy came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire near Baghdad, Iraq (known as 2004 Iraq KBR convoy ambush).

On June 28, 2004, Arabic-language television network, Al Jazeera, aired a low-quality video purportedly depicting Maupin's execution.  On June 30, 2004, an Army spokesman said the video was "totally inconclusive."[2]

His body was found in late March 2008, but confirmation was not made until March 30, 2008, in Iraq.[3][4]




Born on July 13, 1983 in Batavia, Ohio, Maupin was a 2001 graduate of Glen Este High School in Union Township, Clermont County, Ohio.  After graduation, he enrolled at University of Cincinnati and pursued studies in Aerospace Engineering Program under a scholarship program (but later switched to nutritional science).  In 2002, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and was stationed with the 705th Transportation Company based in Dayton, Ohio.

Basic Training and Deployment

Maupin in an undated military photo

Maupin began basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and continued on to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for training as a Motor Transport Operator (88M)[5].  By the time he had completed training in Spring 2003, the 705th Transportation Company had deployed to Iraq, and Maupin was assigned to the 643rd Area Support Group in Whitehall, Ohio.

In November 2003, Maupin was transferred to a recently mobilized 724th Transportation Company based at Bartonville, Illinois.  Maupin and the 724th Transportation Company arrived in Kuwait on February 20, 2004, and on March 5, proceeded to Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Iraq, with the 7th Transportation Battalion, 172nd Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, to begin missions delivering fuel to various coalition installations.

KBR ambush and Capture

Maupin is seen on this undated image made from a video broadcast by Al Jazeera on Friday, April 16 2004.  Maupin appeared alert and unhurt.
Associated Press / Al Jazeera

On April 9, 2004, Maupin's fuel convoy came under attack near the Baghdad International Airport.  In what was described as a 5-mile (8.0 km)-long ambush, the 26-vehicle serial was pummeled by gunfire, mortar rounds and RPGs, disabling many of the civilian fuel tankers and Army vehicles.

After the remnants of the convoy reached safe ground it was learned that around ten soldiers and civilian KBR, Inc contractors were wounded, while one soldier, Specialist Gregory Goodrich, and a civilian driver had been killed in the battle.  PFC Maupin was among the nine people unaccounted for[6]  – seven civilians and two soldiers.  One of the missing civilian drivers, Thomas Hamill, had been taken hostage during the ambush and escaped his captors on May 2, 2004.  The bodies of five other civilians and the second soldier were subsequently recovered; all are thought to have been killed in the ambush.  Civilian driver Timothy Bell remains missing and is presumed dead.

On April 16, 2004, Maupin appeared on a videotape that was broadcast by the Arabic-language television network, Al Jazeera.  The tape, reportedly delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar, raised hopes that Maupin was still alive.  In the video, the soldier identified himself as "Private First Class Keith Matthew Maupin", a standard procedure followed by prisoners of war that protects their rights under the Third Geneva Convention.

On June 28, 2004, Al Jazeera reported that Maupin was executed by a group identifying itself as The Persistent Power Against the Enemies of God and the Prophet.  The method of execution in the video was a gunshot to the head.  The U.S. Army deemed the tape inconclusive, because it is unclear whether the man was Maupin.

Operation Trojan Honor - Search for Matt Maupin

On March 30, 2008, Maupin's father told local newsmedia that the remains of his son had been found.  He states that an Army general had told him that DNA was used to identify the remains[7] (there wasn’t much left of him to recover; they found a jawbone, some vertebrae and a piece of his arm ).

According to an Army statement, Maupin's remains "were recovered northwest of Baghdad on March 20, by soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry, based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, attached to 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment."[8]  The unit called the recovery effort "Operation Trojan Honor", after the mascot of Maupin's high school, Glen Este.[9]  A tip from an Iraqi citizen led to the recovery of Maupin's remains.[10]  Two Iraqis who were reportedly involved in Maupin's capture and death have been tried for other crimes and sentenced to death by Iraqi courts. The Iraqi Court of Cassation sent the cases back to the trial court for administrative errors. The re-trial for the two Iraqis is expected to take place in 2010.


Maupin was promoted three times after being declared missing in action, resulting in the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG).


A memorial was held in Cincinnati, OH on April 27, 2008, in Great American Ball Park[11].  Maupin was laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH on April 27, 2008, while surrounded by a group of close family and friends.

Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion

Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion at East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio

The Clermont County community, friends of Maupin's family, and Clermont High School Crew raised funds and received donations to build a memorial pavilion (Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion) in his honor at the finish line of the rowing race course on Harsha Lake Beach, East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio[12].  The groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 7, 2006 and was completed on March 15, 2008.

Death of the insurgent leader

On November 20, 2008, US military forces in Iraq said that they had killed the al-Qaeda insurgent leader responsible for Maupin's kidnapping and death.  The US said that Hammadi Awdah Abd Farhan was shot and killed on November 11 during a raid on his house in Baghdad by US military forces.  The military statement said that Farhan was the "emir," or leader, of al-Qaeda in Iraq in the Karmah and Abu Ghraib areas west of Baghdad.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Thousands Attend Funeral For Fallen Soldier". (CBS News)   (Cincinnati, Ohio:  WCCO-TV).   2008-04-27.  
  2. ^ "Video is 'inconclusive':  Military says tape too dark, grainy to tell if Maupin is victim". (The Cincinnati Enquirer)   (Gannett Company).   2004-08-10.  
  3. ^ "Remains of Matt Maupin Identified".   (Cincinati, Ohio:  WLW-AM Radio).   2008-03-30.  
  4. ^ "Body found of Ohio soldier missing in Iraq". (Cable News Network (CNN)).   2008-03-30.  
  5. ^ "MOS 88M: Motor Transport Operator".  
  6. ^ "Insurgents captured soldiers".   (Cable News Network (CNN)).   2006-06-17.  
  7. ^ "Ohio soldier's remains found, father says". (The Columbus Dispatch)   (Dispatch Printing Company).   2008-03-31.  
  8. ^ "New Details On Recovery Of Matt Maupin's Remains". (ABC News)   (Cincinnati, Ohio:  WCPO-TV).   2008-03-31.  
  9. ^ "Operation Trojan Honor:  Finding Matt Maupin". (ABC News)   (Cincinnati, Ohio:  WCPO-TV).   2008-04-05.  
  10. ^ "Tip From Local Iraqi Leads To Recovery Of Army Reservist Maupin's Remains".   (Dayton Daily News)   (Dayton, Ohio:  Cox Enterprises).   2008-04-01.  
  11. ^ "Thousands Take Part In Matt Maupin's Funeral". (NBC News)   (Cincinnati, Ohio: WLWT-TV).   2008-04-27.  
  12. ^ "Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion".  (On The Move Newsletter)  Page:  5   (Claremont County, Ohio).   2006-04-21.  
  13. ^ "Iraqi Insurgent Leader Killed In Gun Battle, Military Says". (Washington Post)   (The Washington Post Company).   2008-04-01.  

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