|Birth: ||Jul. 12, 1957|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1991, Iraq|
LCDR Michael Scott Speicher, a United States Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot. LCDR Speicher was the first registered casualty of Operation Desert Storm, having been lost in the sky over the Western Iraq Desert on January 17, 1991, during the opening minutes of the air phase of the war. He was promoted twice after his disappearance, first to commander and then to captain. The wreckage of his aircraft was located in 1994 and visited by US officials in 1995. An Iraqi man came forward in 2009 and led US Marines to the location where he had been buried in 1991. Speicher's remains were positively identified in August 2009. The cenotaph that had been placed in Arlington National Cemetery was removed after his remains were recovered.
Captain Michael Speicher was a highly decorated Naval Officer with the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross with combat 'V,' Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, Navy 'E' Ribbon, Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
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Created by: George Morgan
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
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