Soldier Laid to Rest After 4 Years

Thousands pay tribute to Sgt. Matt Maupin in Ohio memorial services
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2008 10:27 AM CDT
Retired Lt. Gen. James Campbell, left, escorts Carolyn and Keith Maupin, as they follow the casket of son Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin during a memorial service at Great American Ball Park, Sunday, April...   (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – Thousands attended emotional memorial services over the weekend for an Ohio Army reservist whose remains made the journey home 4 years after he was captured in Iraq. Ten thousand filed past Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin's casket, and 3,000 attended a ceremony at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati yesterday, before a private ceremony in which he was buried next to five others killed in Iraq.

The 20-year-old Maupin had been declared missing after insurgents attacked his convoy, leaving two comrades dead; his remains were found last month. The ballpark memorial included benedictions, readings of eulogies composed by Maupin's siblings, and speeches by Army personnel, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "At least he's home with his family," said one mourner.