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Stras
03-30-2008, 20:09
SGT Maupin's remains have been identified through DNA.

This just hit the news within the last hours.

RIP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23871813

H8Leech
04-01-2008, 23:06
something no family should have to go through, prayers to the family for closure

SF_BHT
04-02-2008, 07:55
Rest in Peace Matt and Welcome Home.

Weaponsguy76
04-02-2008, 08:35
RIP BRO

ranger2339
06-26-2008, 21:01
I know a few people that knew him and knew what happend that day, it was fucked up to say the least.

RIP!

Weaponsguy76
06-27-2008, 08:54
True warrior.....

JJ_BPK
06-28-2008, 05:56
RIP Matt

buckyld
01-08-2012, 20:53
Tim Bell is still missing from the same ambush in 2008 that Matt Maupin was captured/killed in. Bell was a 45-year-old, electrician that was working for Halliburton subsidiary KBR as a truck driver. Bell has been missing since the fuel convoy he was driving in was hit by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in an attack outside of Baghdad. Nine Americans were killed and at least 17 were injured. Thomas Hamill, truck convoy commander, was taken hostage and later escaped and link'd up with US forces. The remains of Ssgt Keith "Matt" Maupin, also missing after the attack, were recently identified. Timothy Bell is the only member of his convoy who has not been accounted for. Bell is the father of three and previously served in the US Army.

The DoD D-POI'd bell in 2011 during plans to drawdown in Iraq. On Dec.1, 2011, the responsibility to account for missing U.S. personnel in Iraq transferred from the U.S. Central Command to DPMO. In accordance with the Missing Service Personnel Act.

DPMO is not only responsible for accounting for service members missing from past conflicts, it also provides policy and oversight of efforts to account for and recover personnel who have become separated from their units during more recent actions. This includes the rescue, recovery, and reintegration of captured or missing personnel through diplomatic and military means. DPMO works to ensure that personnel accounting policies address the challenges of accounting in modern conflicts, including properly training and accounting for the increasing numbers of DoD contractors and civilians who accompany the military force.

Much of the emphasis for current personnel recovery focuses on preventing or preparing service members, civilians and contractors for isolation, and training to provide proper response in the event that they are captured. Improvements in technology, comprehensive planning, training and education, and improved command and control have all combined to form a rapid, well organized response to isolating events. DPMO continues to ensure lessons learned during current conflicts are incorporated into future capabilities.

The policy of the United States, to never offer remuneration for the return of captured personnel, serves as a deterrent to hostage-takers and is one of the keys to protecting our service members.

The problem with this case being turned over to DPMO is that without a Low Risk/Permissive environment no efforts will be made to recover Mr. Bell.

chance
01-08-2012, 21:31
I was in country when SSG Maupin was captured.

My heart goes out to families like SSG Maupin. To have to wait so long to find out what happened to their loved one's almost makes one question the Maker and his plans.

RIP SSG Maupin

greenberetTFS
01-09-2012, 14:26
Gone,but not forgotten.

God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior.....:(

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.......:(

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY. (author unknown)

The passing of our soldiers often go unnoticed and unsung by most of the world, remembered only by family and friends. Wish it were not so. May he RIP, his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.........:(

I realize it's a Canadian song,however I believe most appropriate for this occasion...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkgV5bl7kQ

Big Teddy