Remains Found Of First Casualty Of First Iraq War
Michael Scott Speicher’s remains were discovered 18 years after he was shot down during the opening hours of the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The pilot was the only American missing in action from that conflict. There were unsubstantiated rumors over the years that Captain Speicher had been taken into captivity.
An official statement released early Sunday said that Marines in western Iraq had received information from local citizens last month about the crash of an American jet and the burial of the pilot.
“One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried,” the statement said. “The Iraqi citizens led U.S. Marines to the site.”
A search of the area last week recovered remains that included bones and skeletal fragments, which were flown to Dover Air Force Base for scientific examination.Click here for reuse options!
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