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

(cc: @jaketapper)
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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/

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

#MemorialDay2019 #MemorialDayWeekend
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