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Posted 22 August 2005 - 05:42 PM

Maupins Lead Drive for Web Cams for Troops
10 August, 2005
Missing soldier's parents led drive for Web cams to Iraq
By Kristin McAllister
Dayton Daily News

UNION TWP., CLERMONT COUNTY - Keith and Carolyn Maupin are making sure no one forgets about their eldest son.

The Maupins know all too well the pains of the Iraq war. The surge in casualties of troops from nearby communities is salt to their raw wounds.

Their son, Army Sgt. Keith "Matt" Maupin, has been missing since April 2004 when insurgents ambushed his caravan and captured him just outside Baghdad.

The Army lists the reservist, now 22, as captured and continues to search for him in Iraq.

But on Wednesday, the Maupins beamed as brightly as the sun overhead as the first shipment of 90 Web cam-equipped personal computers and surge protectors were loaded into a FedEx truck in the first part of their trek to the Anaconda Army headquarters in Bagdad, where their son spent time prior to his capture.

"When (the troops) first boot up, the first picture they'll see is Matt," he said.

"We want to make sure they know who Matt is and what all this means. I just wished I knew who's gonna be the first on the Web cam."

Volunteers of the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Eastgate have raised $60,000 for the computers, including a $30,000 check from an anonymous donor.

The shipment is expected to arrive in Iraq in about three days, FedEx officials said.

Despite not knowing the welfare of their son, the Maupins remain steadfast in their belief that he will soon come home to them.

"We have faith in Matt, and I believe that God's will will be done, and if he is to come home, he will. I know he'll be here and so does Carolyn," Keith Maupin said.

"There's nothing we can do for Matt but make sure the Army does not forget him and is doing everything to find him, and they are.

:Their second mission is Matt. The Army tells them, stay safe and second is to find Matt."

Meantime, the Maupins spend all their free time at the support center.

When meeting others with loved ones in the war overseas, or those with loved ones who have been killed in it, words aren't necessary, Keith Maupin said.

Some solace for family members, Maupin added, can be found in reminding oneself of their loved one's beliefs and constitution.

Contact Kristin McAllister at (513) 696-4545.
©2005 Cox Ohio Publishing, Dayton, Ohio, USA.


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Posted 23 August 2005 - 09:38 AM

patience Thanks

I hope that we dont forget him. Like with Micheal. being a x-army I really dont like thought of leaving one behind. Cool about the computers. Every once in awhile I put signs up that say Dont forget Him. I know it not much. I wish I could start a nation wide thing of putting up signs for him.

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