Glen Este graduate and Army Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin was captured April 9th, 2004 when insurgents attacked his convoy.  Living in Clermont County and being a military buff, I knew what the details of his capture could mean.  Al-Jazeera aired a videotape showing Matt in camouflage and surrounded by five insurgents.


His status was unknown while his parents Keith and Carolyn Maupin took the world by storm with their strength, conviction, and courage.  They are true heroes.  The remains of Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin were confirmed on March 21st, 2008. Deservedly, he was honored with three battlefield promotions during the time he was in absentia.


It is an honor to say I share many of the same qualities as Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin.  We both loved high school football, we both excelled in the classroom, and we share a great love for America.

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