Ballpark Funeral For Long-Missing, Fallen Ohio Soldier

** FILE ** A letter hangs from a memorial at Glen Este High School in honor of Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, in this June 29, 2004 file photo, near Batavia, Ohio. Keith Maupin says an Army general told him Sunday March 30, 2008 that DNA was used to identify the remains of his son, Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin who went by "Matt." Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy was ambushed west of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)
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From the arrival of his casket in Ohio, to a visitation in Clermont County, where he grew up, onto a memorial at the Great American Ball Park, thousands from across the country gathered to honor the young soldier.

Maupin was last seen in April 2004 in a video aired by the Arab television network Al-Jazeera, showing him surrounded by five masked men. The video aired just months after Maupins convoy was ambushed west of Baghdad, The then twenty year old became the first missing soldier of the war in Iraq.

His family received the tragic news a month ago, after the Army found the soldiers remains.

"We always told them, either he's going to walk off that plane or they're going to carry him off, either way we're not going to leave him in Iraq", said his father Keith.

The Army has awarded Maupin the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the POW medal, to name a few.



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