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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Still Missing/Captured...

Sergeant Keith Matthew Maupin

"Keith Matthew "Matt" Maupin (July 13, 1983-) is a United States Army 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. On June 28, 2004, Al Jazeera aired a poor quality video purportedly depicting Maupin's execution. On June 30, 2004, an Army spokesman said the video was "totally inconclusive...Maupin has been promoted three times since he was declared missing in action, first from Private First Class to Specialist, then to Sergeant, then lastly, Staff Sergeant. As of May 24, 2007, he, Spc. Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, Pvt. Byron W. Fouty and Spc. Alex R. Jimenez are still missing.[2]

"Love Never Loses Its Way Home", is a phrase used in Iraq among the troops to 'describe' Sergeant Maupin..." More.

"He was a hardworking kid who didn't get to play as much as he wanted to, but he didn't let that deter him," says coach Zak Taylor. "We'd finish about 3:45 every day, and he'd always stay late," working out in the weight room. Younger brother Micah, 19, says Matt has always preferred action to words. "Matt works hard and does the best he can. A lot of people just yell, yell, yell, but Matt isn't like that. It's more of a lead-by-example thing with him." More.