"Love Never Loses Its Way Home"

A solemn homecoming

MAUPIN, Keith "Matt"

Name: Keith "Matt" Maupin
Branch/Rank: U.S. Army Reserves / Pfc  Spec Sgt
Unit: Army Reserves 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill
Date of Birth/Age: 20
Home City of Record: Batavia, OH
Date of Loss: April 9, 2004
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status: Duty Status Where-A-Bouts Unknown

April 19, 2004  - ARMY Changes Status to MISSING CAPTURED
Execution broadcast by Al Jazeera 06/28/2004
DNA I.D. 03/30/2008
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: Six other Kellogg, Brown & Root employees;  Thomas Hamill;
Sgt. Elmer C. Krause

IMAGE: Missing Army reserve Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, who is known as ‘Matt,’ in his 2001 high school yearbook.





AP file photo

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. Updated May 2021.  

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."

Maupin joined the Army Reserves to help pay for college. His mother, Carolyn, headed a local support group for military moms. A brother had just completed his Marine basic training.

I am married with a 10-month-old child,” said the man, who frequently looked down, as if reading words on a piece of paper. “I came to liberate Iraq, but I did not come willingly because I wanted to stay with my child.”

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.

Fox News reported Maupin was known in high school for his tenacity on the football field and in the classroom, friends and family said.

CNN reported Maupin, 20, graduated three years ago from Glen Este High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school issued a statement calling him a "great kid" and "an excellent student" who won the Scholar Athlete Award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA while playing football.

"We're pulling for him. He's a fighter," Dan Simmons, athletic director at Glen Este High School the Fox News article said.

"Matt was a selfless kid on the football field," Simmons said. "He did whatever the coaches told him. He wasn't a starter, but he made the other kids play harder

CNN reported that the family spokesman said "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," spokesman Carl Cottrell said, reading a statement from Maupin's family.

 "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 May 1, Maupin was promoted in absentia to specialist by his commander at the 724th Transportation Company, said Maj. Willie Harris, a spokesman for the 88th Regional Readiness Command, which oversees Maupin's Army Reserve unit based in Bartonville, Ill.

Prayer vigils continue in his hometown. Yellow ribbons fly across the U.S. waiting for his return.


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BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi al-Qaida in Iraq leader blamed in the 2004 abduction and murder of Ohio Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin and other attacks over several years has been killed in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Thursday. ......

Maupin death suspects to be executed

By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 18, 2008 11:58:05 EDT

Two people have been sentenced to death for capturing Staff Sgt. Keith M. “Matt” Maupin in Iraq, and the military is searching for more individuals believed to be responsible for his capture and death, the soldier’s father said Thursday.

Maupin disappeared more than four years ago, on April 9, 2004, west of Baghdad, when insurgents attacked his convoy using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. His remains and part of his uniform were found March 20, buried in an isolated agricultural region about 25 miles northwest of Baghdad.......


On the Web:

Yellow Ribbon Support Center

Matt Maupin Web site

Last Updated: 8:19 pm | Saturday, April 5, 2008

Maupin services set

Memorial services for Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin will be held April 26 and 27, the soldier’s father, Keith Maupin, confirmed today.

The family is planning a 24-hour visitation and vigil for their son at Union Township Civic Center in Eastgate on April 26......

Message board: Share your thoughts with the Maupins
Photos: Matt Maupin, his family, and community support through the four years he was missing

POW bracelets may be mailed here:

Yellow Ribbon Support Center -
(513) 752-4310 
hosted by Keith and Carolyn Maupin parents of Keith "Matt" Maupin
700 S Eastgate Blvd, Suite 430, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245,1,3947456.story

Matt Maupin's younger brother, Micah, is a Marine Corps sergeant based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The 23-year-old is due to fly to the East Coast this week to pick up his brother's remains.

After Micah Maupin reenlists, his family says, he'll likely be heading to Iraq.

"He's his own man, and I respect that," said Keith Maupin, who served in the Marines during the war in Vietnam. "But I can't bear the thought of losing another son. ....

March 30, 2008
(UNION TOWNSHIP, OH) -- Keith Maupin confirmed this afternoon that the remains of his son, Matt Maupin, have been identified by the army in Iraq.

In a statement Keith said "We are proud of the continued efforts of the military and the army to return Matt to us. We must now work on efforts to return Matt.'

"Please keep the military and our family in your prayers."......

Ohio Soldier Missing in Iraq for 3 Years

Ohio Parents of Missing Soldier in Iraq Persevere With 3-Year Anniversary on Monday


The Associated Press

BATAVIA, Ohio - Yellow ribbons across Sgt. Matt Maupin's hometown are constant reminders. Fundraising events in his honor draw overflow crowds. Soldiers back home relay details of the ongoing search for him in Iraq.

These are the signs of support and hope that keep Maupin's parents going three years after he was captured in an insurgent attack on his Army convoy......


On the Net: Yellow Ribbon Support Center:

Military Unveils New Effort To Find Missing Soldier

LAST UPDATE: 10/12/2006 5:23:20 PM

A new push by the Army to find Sergeant Matt Maupin has resulted in a paid advertisement that appeared on Iraqi television. A military official, close to the project, told Local 12 the ad produced no new leads during its run. That official also expressed doubts that Matt Maupin is alive. We want to make it clear, this military official requested his name be withheld as part of our report. Local 12 Reporter Paul Adler spent several weeks researching this developing story.

Tonight he shows us the ad, and explains why Matt Maupin is just part of it. You may not understand the spoken words, but here's the translation.

"Help heal the pain of these separated families.".....
Paul Adler Local 12.

Ceremony to honor missing soldier

The Army's only soldier currently missing in action in Iraq will be promoted Sunday at the Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel.
August 08, 2006

Soldier missing in Iraq promoted

By Michelle Tan
Staff writer

Keith “Matt” Maupin, the only soldier listed as captured in Iraq, has been promoted to staff sergeant, the Army announced Tuesday. Maupin, of the Army Reserve’s 724th Transportation Company in Bartonville, Ill., went missing April 9, 2004, when insurgents attacked his convoy using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Two soldiers and six American civilian truck drivers were killed in the attack outside Baghdad. ......


Maupins Get Unexpected Gift From Iraq

The parents of captured Union Township soldier Matt Maupin received an unexpected gift in the mail this week.

Marines from the 1st Battalion, 25th Division mailed them an American flag and a POW/MIA flag.

Both flags were flown at their military base in Fallujah back in May. .....

Lone U.S. soldier remains missing

By Joyce Howard Price

April 3, 2006

Sunday will mark the second anniversary of the capture near Baghdad of Army Reserve Sgt. Keith Matthew "Matt" Maupin of Batavia, Ohio, the only U.S. soldier not accounted for in the three years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    While more than 2,300 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion and more than 17,000 have been wounded, Sgt. Maupin is the only one officially listed as "missing/captured" and his whereabouts unknown......

Remembering one Ohio soldier

While I was exploring some of the troop tribute sites for Friday's Veterans Day column, I was overwhelmed by the number of heartfelt pages of prayers and well wishes for Keith "Matt" Maupin and sympathy and support for his family. I would like to share some of them with you today.

But as I do this, please understand that it is only the tragic uncertainty of Matt's situation that makes his plight and these sites worthy of attention above and beyond those for all the sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends and acquaintances currently serving in America's armed forces and deployed in zones of conflict. The fact that Matt's family has been so unselfish in their good works and good words on behalf of other members of the military stands as a testament to all those who are serving.

If you live anywhere in Greater Cincinnati and have a page or tribute site online, please send the details to me. I promise to include every one in a future column. In this case, I think I'll let the Net speak for itself: "This site is dedicated to all the men and women of Clermont County, Ohio, and across the nation who have served and are still serving their country, not only in Iraq, but all other foreign and domestic lands. Here, you can dedicate a yellow ribbon message to those men and women." A special section is dedicated to Matt and his family. WCPO-TV (Channel 9) continues to add to its pages dedicated to the missing Batavia man. In addition to its own stories and news clips about Maupin, 1,845 individuals have posted words of encouragement to the Maupin family. It is touching to see the widespread concern shown not only for Matt but for his family and friends as well. Created by the 724th Transportation Company of Bartonville, Ill., this site pays tribute to all of our armed forces but particularly Maupin (there is an entire section of stories updated through the beginning of November and a photo page) along with Spc. Gregory Goodrich and Sgt. Elmer Krause, who were killed in the convoy ambush in April 2004. Posted by Lady-Shallott on Nov. 4, this is a daily prayer thread and holiday remembrance site for Maupin. In addition to reading and adding to the chain of positive thoughts, you can read a brief biography about the captured army reservist. This is a poem dedicated to Matt. It was written by Christina A. Sharik and appears on the International War Veterans' Poetry Archives site, which includes "writings about war and its consequences by veterans, their families, friends and supporters." All the works included here are honest and heartfelt. This blogging site has a tribute page for Maupin and Capt. Scott Speicher from Operation Desert Storm. In addition to a plea to keep Matt Maupin in our minds, the Area 417 site includes a lot of personal feelings about the military and many links to organizations dedicated to the support of military families. You'll find some warm notes and letters for Matt and the Maupin family here.,2933,124089,00.html. Fox News Online continues to post information about Maupin. This site urges the government (as well as individual American citizens) to continue the vigil for Maupin until his fate is an absolute certainty. Suggesting we all maintain hope for his long-awaited safe return, the page includes several stories pulled from the many press clippings and media pieces about the missing soldier.

Jan Perry is a Kentucky-based freelance writer for The Post. She welcomes your e-mail at Using the phrase "about your column" in the subject line of your e-mail will help get it past the spam filters and ensure prompt delivery.

Army Promotes Missing Ohio Soldier To Sergeant
Maupin Missing Since Last April

POSTED: 5:33 pm EDT April 4, 2005

The only soldier the U.S. Army lists as captured in Iraq has been promoted to sergeant, his second promotion since he was abducted last year, the Army said Monday.

The promotion of reservist Keith M. "Matt" Maupin was effective last Friday, said Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon. Maupin was promoted from private first class to specialist after his disappearance. .....


Missing soldier's family refuses to give up 
            Monday, April 4, 2005

            Missing soldier's family refuses to give up
            Army may classify him as deceased

            By Michael A. Lindenberger

            The Courier-Journal

            BATAVIA, Ohio -- Each morning before she leaves for work, Carolyn Maupin says a prayer that someone will find or rescue her son Matt, the only American soldier classified as a captive in Iraq. Now she has another wish -- that the Army will continue to believe he is alive.

            On Wednesday, almost exactly a year after Spc. Matt Maupin disappeared, the Army is scheduled to convene a panel to decide  whether he should remain classified as a captive or be considered dead......

New Details Surface In Matt Maupin Case

 New details in Matt Maupin case in LA Times report

 Reported by: 9News
 Web produced by: Neil Relyea
 Photographed by: 9News
 3/28/2005 10:25:33 PM

 A 280-page report US Army report obtained by the Los Angeles Times  reportedly describes a series of errors and miscommunications that led up  to the April 9, 2004 attack on Specialist Matt Maupin's convoy.

 Maupin was traveling in a 26-vehicle convoy, escorting Haliburton  contractors as they hauled jet fuel across one of the most dangerous roads  in Iraq......


Nation - From the Feb. 21, 2005 issue of TIME magazine     What Happened To Matt Maupin?


...... One member of the 160-strong company, however, will be conspicuously absent. He is Keith (Matt) Maupin, the only American soldier who is unaccounted for in Iraq. Ten months ago, insurgents ambushed a convoy guarded by the 724th and took Private First Class Maupin, then 20, captive. There have been conflicting reports on his fate. He was seen alive on one videotape, reported killed on another. Without proof of his death, the Army presumes he is still alive. His family fervently prays that is so. The months have ticked by, and Maupin has been promoted to the rank of specialist and turned 21. While most of the country may have forgotten about him since news of his capture made headlines and his bewildered face under a floppy hat was flashed across America's television screens, his hometown has not.......


Friday, July 2, 2004

Bush phones to bolster Maupins

President pledges 'unwavering support' for soldier's family

By Howard Wilkinson
Enquirer staff writer

President Bush spoke to the family of Spc. Keith "Matt" Maupin by phone Wednesday, assuring them once again that everything possible would be done to bring the 20-year-old Army reservist home alive, an Army spokesman said Thursday.

Bush's phone call came only a few hours after Maupin's parents, Carolyn and Keith Maupin, met privately with Pentagon officials for a briefing on efforts to find and rescue Maupin, who was captured April 9 while driving a truck in a fuel convoy that was attacked by Iraqi militants. ......

July 29, 2004

Family waits for news of soldier

By Charles Hurt

The Ohio family of captured Army Reserve Spc. Keith Maupin prayed yesterday that news of his execution was untrue.
    Arab network Al Jazeera reported this week that Spc. Maupin was fatally shot in the back of the head after nearly three months of captivity, but U.S. Army officials declined to confirm the death since they have only a grainy execution video and no body.

    Meanwhile, a prisoner-of-war group condemned the Pentagon for classifying the 20-year-old reservist as "missing-captured" as opposed to "prisoner of war."......


JUNE 28, 2004
Sources: Missing Soldier May Be Shot

There are unconfirmed reports that an Ohio hostage in Iraq has been shot.

Private Keith Matt Maupin was captured in April when gunmen armed with rocket propelled grenades attacked his convoy.....

Stay tuned to WBNS-10TV and for more information.


Maupin focus of holiday prayers
Cincinatti Post
Memorial Day 2004

By Courtney Kinney
Post staff reporter

For a few moments Monday, people in a small crowd at the corner of Central Parkway and Vine Street downtown were not thinking about the Taste of Cincinnati Festival going on behind them.

Instead, the 100 or so people focused on Memorial Day and one soldier in particular -- Army Spc. Matt Maupin, the 20-year-old Clermont County man who is the only U.S. soldier being held captive in Iraq. ......



For Immediate Release:

Two Men, Two Wars, Same Fate ~ Missing/Captured in Iraq

Jacksonville, Florida - January 17, 2005 -  Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher will host a prayer/candle vigil at Lake Shore United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm. The plight of two men, who have never met will bring together their friends and family members to discuss the one thing they have in common. The two men are United States Navy Pilot, Captain Michael Scott Speicher and Army Specialist Keith "Matt" Maupin. The common denominator between these two men is their status of Missing in Action/Captured in Iraq and their supporter's efforts to keep that status unchanged until they are found. The idea is to have this message heard across the nation while at the same time honoring Captain Speicher and the anniversary of his capture. January 17, 2005, marks the fourteenth year since Speicher originally went missing in Iraq. Matt Maupin has been missing now for nine months. Keith and Carolyn Maupin will be speaking at the church to honor their son, Matt Maupin's senior counterpart, Scott Speicher. By showing the two missing service members mirrored side by side, it is hoped by the Maupin family that this will help their son's case avoid the many missteps, which have been made in the Speicher case. In contrast, Maupin's more recent capture will help to shine new light on the Speicher case, bringing public awareness to a hero that has yet to be returned home after fourteen years. Other guest speakers will participate.
Speakers will include:  Bob Gandt, renowned author of military fiction including, Bogeys and Bandits, and Shadows of War, which is loosely based on Scott Speicher. Mr. Gandt also worked as writer and technical consultant for the popular TV series Pensacola:Wings of Gold.  Longtime Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher  member and current Delta Airlines pilot, Tim Goings. Mr. Goings piloted Apache Helicopters in the First Gulf War. POW advocate Ed Burge will speak as well as bring for viewing a special limited edition motorcycle dedicated to POW/MIA's including Captain Speicher. Former POW from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Young, Jr and many of Speicher's close friends.
Then LCDR Speicher was pronounced dead by Secretary of State Richard Cheney, the day after his plane was lost, January 18, 1991, with no search and rescue mission ever launched. On January 11, 2001, in light of new evidence that indicated Speicher safely ejected and with remains of his plane and canopy in tact, President Bill Clinton and the United States Navy, took the unprecedented action of changing now Captain Speicher from KIA to MIA. On October 11, 2002 the United States Navy changed Speicher's status once again to Missing/Captured, stating, " There is no evidence that Captain Speicher is dead." Since the current war in Iraq began, the initials MSS have been found all over parts of Iraq, including in a cell in Hakmiyah Prison and a carport beam at another detention center. Scott Speicher's name was also found written in an Iraqi prison log book, dated just before the war began. 
On April 9, 2004, PFC Matt Maupin's convoy is attacked west of Baghdad. April 13, 2004, Maupin is listed as missing. A videotape of Maupin surrounded by five hooded men airs on Al - Jazeera TV, April 16, 2004, confirming that Maupin has indeed been captured. May 1, 2004, the Army promotes Maupin to Specialist.  One month later in June of 2004, another videotape surfaces of a man Al - Jazeera claims as Maupin. The man in the video is shown being shot twice in the head and back. July 1, 2004, Brig. Gen. Michael W. Beasley, states that, " There is no bad information, no negative information with regard to Specialist Maupin that is known now. We are continuing full effort to locate him and return him to his family." Monday, August 9, 2004, military officials announced that analysis of the video in question is now complete. Major Mark Magalski, casualty assistant officer for the Maupin family, is quoted as saying, " There's nothing in the video that lends you to think it was Matt Maupin."
In March of 2002, Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher, Inc. was founded by Speicher's classmates of Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida. This group's mission is to raise awareness and finally bring Scott Speicher home. Vice President of the organization and Speicher friend Nels Jensen, says, " One reason I felt we were brought together is to serve as a beacon of light for our fallen warriors. It's necessary to point out the errors in judgements or mistakes made from 14 years ago concerning Scott, but more importantly our calling may be to ensure these mistakes never happen again as in the case of Matt Maupin." Carolyn and Keith Maupin have accepted an invitation to not only speak at this vigil but to join together with Speicher members in the fight for their son and Scott Speicher.
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For more information and/or to schedule an interview with one of the speakers, please contact Georgia Davis, member of Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher, at 904-292-4197 or by email at
March 8, 2008

"Matt's my buddy. He's my friend. He's my hero and I'm not going to give up on him."

Keith Maupin, on his son, Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin, left, missing and presumed captured in Iraq. Maupin was addressing a number of veterans groups in Hernando and Pasco counties.


What Happened To Matt Maupin?

... He is Keith (Matt) Maupin, the only American soldier who is unaccounted for in Iraq. ...

 "People have a tendency to forget," concedes Keith Maupin, Matt's father. ...


....  Consider an example, the case of Army Reservist Pfc. Matt Maupin of Batavia. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of his capture and the Army decided to maintain his "captured" status, instead of changing it to "missing, presumed dead."

The media crush when Maupin was captured, which lasted longer than normal because it was used as a political tool during the presidential election, was incredible. Yet one year later, these two significant events barely created a media ripple.

Keith Maupin, Matt's father, has said he will begin to worry when people stop paying attention to his son's cause. This may have started to happen already.....

December 2, 007

The family of Matt Maupin, (POW/MIA MissingCaptured) Captured in Iraq on April 9, 2004 is asking - for your help in the raising funds to aid in the search for Matt and bringing him back home.

Funds from the shirts will go toward finding Matt and the other 3 missing in this conflict in Iraq.

The Maupin family needs you to help us raise the funds for this project.  If you would go to the following
website:  WWW.KNOWYOURENEMYSPORTS.COM  and check it out, you will see that the sale of these shirts will benefit not only our current POWs but will also benefit many of our Veterans.