August 2, 2009, - 7:35 pm
Over the years, we’ve heard various media speculation about what happened to Navy pilot Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher, who went missing during the first Gulf War in 1991.
USN Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher, RIP
There was speculation that he was dead, a prisoner of war, or even, possibly left in Iraq to save face, according to a lying CIA agent who claimed he saw Speicher between 1993 and 1995. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Amy Waters Yarsinske, wrote a whole book based on this claim and others that have now proven to be pure baloney. And she was nominated for this very fiction book–yet more evidence what bunk that award is. Her book claimed Bedouin Arabs found Speicher after he escaped his plane, nursed him back to health, and that the Clinton Administration refused to pay the $1,800 to ransom him. The liars at WorldNutDaily ran several articles pimping this completely false claim.
Well, now, the mystery has been solved, and sadly, it’s not the ending we’d hoped for. Scott Speicher died, apparently when his plane crashed in the Iraqi desert. At least, his family now has closure and some finality to the mystery, even though I’m sure they hoped for a different outcome. Though it’s little comfort Speicher died in service to our country, the ultimate sacrifice.
With the help of an Iraqi citizen, in early July, Marines stationed in Al Anbar Province went to a location in the desert believed to be the crash site of Speicher’s jet, the Navy said. The Iraqi said he knew of two other Iraqi citizens who remembered an American jet crashing in the desert and the remains of the pilot being buried there too.
The Marines recovered the remains over the past week and then flew them to Dover Air Force Base for identification by a medical examiner. Bones and multiple skeletal fragments were among the recovered remains, but positive identification was made by comparing the jawbone recovered at the site with Speicher’s dental records.
After decades hoping for resolution, Speicher’s family learned Saturday that his remains had been found. He is survived by his wife, who has since remarried, and two children, who are now college-age.
The family’s proud of the way the Defense Department continued on with their request “to not abandon the search,” said family spokeswoman Cindy Laquidara. “We will be bringing him home.”
Captain Michael Scott Speicher, Rest In Peace.
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