I don’t have a lot to say about this, but I felt it appropriate to share. After 18 years of wondering what happened to Navy Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher, his family now knows exactly what happened.
He disappeared on Jan. 17, 1991, the first night of the first Gulf War. A lieutenant commander at the time his F/A-18 Hornet was shot down, he was initially declared killed. The Pentagon then revised that as “missing in action” and “missing captured.” Earlier this year, they went back to “missing in action” status.
It wasn’t until we came into Iraq that the military was able to adequately investigate his disappearance and, ultimately, his fate.
Ironically, the military had it right the first time. He was killed when his plane went down. He wasn’t ever captured or held hostage by Saddam Hussein’s regime. All the leads the military had received (until now) were false.
I’m just glad that he was found, and his family now has the peace of mind of knowing what happened.
I really hope the military doesn’t try to recoup all the pay he was earning over 18 years. That would be a terrible thing to do to a family that has suffered for so long.