In April of last year, Wednesday Hero profiled SSgt. Keith "Matt" Maupin who had went missing in Iraq in April of 2004. Sad news. SSg. Maupin's remains have been found.
DoD Announces Change in Status of Army Soldier
The Department of Defense today announced the change in status of a soldier supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from missing-captured to deceased. The armed forces medical examiner confirmed on March 29, human remains recovered in Iraq were those of Staff Sgt. Keith M. Maupin, 24, of Batavia, Ohio. Maupin had been listed as missing-captured since April 16, 2004. His convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire on April 9, 2004. He was assigned to the 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Ill.
I have had SSGT. Maupin's picture on the sidebar of my main blog for quite awhile, and the link to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center that his parents have set up.
It is sadly now time to take Matt Maupin's picture down, but I will keep the link up.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, as their hero finally comes home to be laid to rest.
SSG Keith Matthew Maupin, 24, Batavia, OH
And, as Matt Maupin comes home to be laid to rest, please remember that there are still 3 soldiers that continue to be listed as missing:
Three U.S. troops remain missing in the five-year-old Iraq war:
Pvt. Byron W. Fouty and
Spc. Alex R. Jimenez
have been missing since their military convoy was raided west of Mahmoudiya May 12.
Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie
disappeared October 23, 2006, and hisstatus was changed to "missing-captured" nearly two months later.