KRAUSE, Elmer C.

Name: Elmer C. Krause
Branch/Rank: U.S. Army Reserves / Sgt
Unit: Army Reserves 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill
Date of Birth/Age: 40
Home City of Record: Greensboro, NC
Date of Loss: April 9, 2004
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status:
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown
     Changed to KILLED, remains recovered April 23, 2004

Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: Six other Kellogg, Brown & Root employees;  Thomas Hamill; Pfc Keith Maupin






Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews, FOX NEWS online, MSNBC News online, CNN News online, PJS online, WP online. April 2004.

Synopsis: The U.S. military said two American soldiers and seven employees of U.S. contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root were missing after their convoy was ambushed Friday, April 9,  near Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad.

Only one, Thomas Hamill, a 43-year-old truck driver from Macon, Miss., was previously known to have been abducted. His captors have threatened to kill and mutilate him unless U.S. troops ended their assault on the city of Fallujah. The deadline passed Sunday with no word on his fate.

New videotape aired on Friday on Al-Jazeera which broadcast a video which showed a young man wearing camouflage and a floppy desert hat. He was sitting on the floor. He was surrounded by five gunmen, their faces covered by scarves. The U.S. Army soldier identified himself as "Pfc. Keith Matthew Maupin."

Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, N.C., and Pfc. Keith "Matt" Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, were previously identified and noted as DUTY STATUS WHERE-A-BOUTS UNKNOWN.

The images were the first anyone has seen of Maupin since April 9, when he and Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, N.C., were listed as missing by the U.S. Army after the attack. Killed in that ambush was Pfc. Greg Goodrich, 37, of Bartonville. All three are members of the 724th.

The videotape aired a statement made by armed gunman regarding Maupin: "We are keeping him to be exchanged for some of the prisoners captured by the occupation forces," one gunman said. "Some of our groups managed to capture one of the American soldiers, and he is one of many others. He is being treated according to the treatment of prisoners in the Islamic religion and he is in good health."

No other news has been received regarding Krause. He is not seen on the video.

Krause is an Army veteran who later joined the reserves.


No. 368-04
Apr 24, 2004

DoD Announces Change-in-Status of an Army Soldier Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier previously listed
as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, N.C., has been unaccounted for since April
9, in Iraq, when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled
grenades and small arms fire. On April 23 his remains were recovered. Sgt. Krause
was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill.

The incident remains under investigation.


Vallejo-born Army reservist mourned as hero, prankster
Remains found weeks after convoy strike near Baghdad

Cicero Estrella, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, April 25, 2004

Red-haired, freckle-faced Elmer Krause got into plenty of shenanigans while growing up in Vallejo, but military service brought out his serious side.

On Saturday, the military announced that the Army Reserve sergeant had been confirmed dead in Iraq and his remains found Friday.

Krause, who had been missing since his fuel convoy was attacked by insurgents west of Baghdad on April 9, would have turned 41 today. He is survived by a son, Jonathan, 9, and a brother and four sisters.....

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.... Krause described how his brother's body was found in a shallow grave with four other men and his remains had to be identified using DNA.

"His eyes watered up and started to tear when I told him that and he said, 'I'm so sorry' and that 'Elmer was in a better place,'" Krause said.

Krause and his family spent about 10 to 15 minutes with the president, he said. ....