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Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin, US Army, 1983-2004.

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In Iraq, early April 2004, a sectarian Iraqi cleric called for a jihad against coalition troops. His militia destroyed 8 bridges overnight, attempting to stop traffic between Baghdad Airport and a nearby coalition base.

His goal? Cut off fuel and ammunition from allied forces and “starve” them out of the base.

In response, on Good Friday (April 9) 2004, the 724th Transportation Company - to which SSG Maupin was assigned - was tasked with transporting fuel through an alternate route to the base.

The convoy was met with a large-scale, well-organized ambush; IEDs, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine gun fire erupted all around them.

5 contractors and 3 soldiers were killed. SSG Maupin went missing.

Matt Maupin would become the first American soldier missing-in-action during the war in Iraq.

One week after, he would appear on video as a captive. Some time later, he would be summarily executed.

He was 20 years old.

In 2008, SSG Maupin’s body - long since deceased - was recovered by US forces after receiving a tip from an Iraqi Army source.

His platoon returned him to his parents, Carolyn & Keith, at his home in greater Cincinnati, OH.

In 2014, a man in Iraqi custody confessed to killing Maupin.

In the 15 years since, SSG Maupin’s family founded the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, which provides care packages to deployed troops, assistance in adjusting to civilian life, & scholarships.

Learn more about the YRSC: yellowribbonsupportcenter.com/about-us/

This #MemorialDay, I’m grateful for those like 20-year-old Matt Maupin, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

#MemorialDay2019 #MemorialDayWeekend
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