Welcome home, Captain Speicher

The Defense Department has announced that the remains of Navy Captain, Scott Speicher have been recovered in Anwar Province, Iraq with the help of some Iraqi citizens. Details here.

Captain Speicher was the first casualty in Gulf War 1. His aircraft was downed on the first night of Desert Storm to an Iraqi missile. From Wiki comes this description of the incident.

Then LCDR Scott Speicher was flying an F/A-18 Hornet fighter when he was shot down 100 miles west of Baghdad, on the night of January 16, 1991, the first night of Operation Desert Storm.[2][1] His plane crashed in a remote, uninhabited wasteland[2] known as Wadi Thumayal. He was the first combat casualty for American forces in the war.[2]

The day after the shoot-down, Speicher was placed on MIA status.[10] On May 22, 1991, after the end of the Gulf War, Speicher’s status was changed to Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR).[10]

Welcome home, Capt. Speicher.

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