Thousands attend service for Maupin

The Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI — Older men in Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion caps stood side by side with soldiers young enough to be their grandchildren Sunday at the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ball Park for the funeral of Staff Sgt. Keith M. “Matt” Maupin.

The 3,502 people who came through the turnstiles, and the small group of family and friends who buried him with full military honors in a private ceremony later, witnessed the final chapter of a story that touched people around the country for four years.

Maupin, a 20-year-old Army reservist, was assigned to guard a convoy near the Baghdad airport in April 2004, when a brutal attack by Iraqi insurgents left two of his fellow soldiers dead and him a captive.

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