SSgt Matt Maupin – Homeward Bound at Last
SSgt Matt Maupin
POW/MIA? April 9, 2004
In May of 2005, I wrote a poem about, then MIA/POW, Matt Maupin.
Remember My Face
It’s been so long now I can’t help but feel,
my life is all over, is this all really real;
I’ve been a prisoner for such a long time,
no one left behind, was that just a line;
They beat and threaten my life with a shive,
name, rank, and serial number, that’s all I give;
Does anyone even remember my name,
or am I a soldier and prisoner of little fame;
How much longer will I be held in this place,
my name is Matt, do you remember my face;
I’m an American soldier who willingly served,
I can’t help but thinking this is so undeserved;
Have I been abandoned in this horrible place,
will I die and disappear without leaving a trace;
What about my buddies, who fought at my side,
are they still fighting, has the war turned the tide;
Will they come for me and free me from this fate,
or will I die in this place a victim of fanatical hate;
The country I love and served with such pride,
has it turned its back on me now, has it lied;
Please don’t leave me behind, it would be a disgrace,
my name is Matt Maupin, please, remember my face?
~ by devildog6771 on May 28, 2005.
Today I want to share another poem I wrote since word of Matt Maupin’s recovery was announced March 30, 2009.
SSgt Matt Maupin
POW/MIA? April 9, 2004
Homeward Bound at Last
I’ve spent nearly four years in this barren place,
do people back home still remember my face?
How is my family doing back home?
Have they been left to grieve all alone?So many times I thought, finally I’ve been found,
as I heard familiar voices approach from all around!
With rescue eminent, I would shout out my name,
I am Matt Maupin, do you remember my name!Have you come to rescue me true to your word,
Have my cries for help finally been heard?
You kept the promise, “no man left behind.”
The faith I clung to wasn’t just blind!Then as the voices slowly faded away,
I knew that rescue wouldn’t come this day!
Gradually each time as hope began to fade,
was the command to end search finally made!Wait, again, I think I hear that familiar sound,
American soldiers’ foot steps and voices all around,
The sand and dirt around me begins to move away,
Yet I am afraid to believe I am found on this day!
Thank you God for looking over me I begin to cry,
as I feel myself lifted and I look toward the sky.
I reflect on my journey these last four years past,
and offer prayer to God I’m “Homeward bound at last!”
A Star-Telegram.com story, reported on March 30, 2009, “Remains found in Iraq identified as Ohio soldier listed as captured and missing since 2004” states that SSgt Matt Maupin’s remains have been found! The military used DNA tests that confirmed SSgt Maupin’s remains were finally found and Matt finally would be returning home to his family.
Matt’s family never gave up their battle to make sure the military did not forget to bring their son home. They never gave up hope Matt would return home alive. But even though Matt will not return home alive and well, at least he “will” return home instead of remaining MIA as happened to so many American soldiers who served in Vietnam”
…Their efforts included trips to the Pentagon and even meeting with President Bush, but they ended in disappointment Sunday: An Army general told them the remains of Maupin, a soldier who had been listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004, had been found.
“My heart sinks, but I know they can’t hurt him anymore,” Keith Maupin said after receiving word about the remains of his son, who went by Matt….
My heart also saddens for Matt’s family. I know what it feels like to lose a loved one in this war. My sister lost her only child, a son in 2004. But, not having closure due to Matt remaining MIA/POW and not knowing if Matt was dead or alive was unbearable I am sure.
“On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed sympathy to Maupin’s family.
“This has been especially difficult for the Maupin family because of not knowing for almost exactly four years. So I want to extend my condolences,” Gates said, speaking to reporters aboard a flight to Denmark.”
At this time the Army is releasing no further details regarding Matt. This is because the Army is still conducting an investigation into Matt’s death!
The Maupins were told by an Army official on Friday to expect an update on their son over the weekend, Keith Maupin said. The Army broke the news about their son’s remains at a somber meeting.
“When you look out there in the parking lot and see a three-star general get out of a car, you know it ain’t good news,” Keith Maupin said.
Though grieving at the loss of their son, the Maupins were met by cheers and shouts from the people as the chose to go ahead and ride in a parade celebrating the opening day for the local professional baseball team.
“It hurts,” Carolyn Maupin said. “After you go through almost four years of hope, and this is what happens, it’s like a letdown, so I’m trying to get through that right now.”
On Monday, the Maupins rode as planned in the baseball season opening day parade for the Reds in downtown Cincinnati.
“It was important to be here to let everyone know that we thank them for their support and their love of our family and for standing by Matt as they are today,” Carolyn Maupin said.
Despite a light rain, the Maupins rode in an open convertible and were greeted with applause and cheers all along the parade route. “That touched my heart,” she said. “I don’t think they’ll forget him.”
This was yet another example of the courage and strength of Matt’s parents throughout their long wait for the return of Matt. Both are saddened deeply over Matt’s death. But, there has to be a great sense of relief that finally their son is coming home.
Please offer your prayers to Matt’s family. They will still need our support as they receive the remains of their long missing son and take Matt to his final resting place.
Welcome home Matt!