Maupin Joined Reserves To Pay For College

Kidnapped soldier joined reserves to pay for college

The former boss of a 20-year-old Army reservist captured in Iraq says he looked forward to his deployment and hoped he could help make a difference. Army Private First Class Matt Maupin  used to work at a Sam's Club in Cincinnati. Assistant manager Jack Cleland says he could see Maupin's excitement when he was ready to leave. Maupin, from near Batavia, was captured April ninth. The Arab television station Al-Jazeera aired footage yesterday showing him surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles. He told the camera he had a ten-month-old son. His uncle, Stephan Maupin in La Grange, Kentucky, says today he's glad to see his nephew looked unhurt. He says he knows about the baby but hasn't met him yet. A former Marine, Stephan Maupin says he wishes his nephew had found a different way to pay for college than joining the Army Reserve.