Michael Scott Speicher
UNITED STATES NAVY
Lieutenant Commander [ at time of incident ] Michael Scott Speicher was born in Kansas City, Missouri and spent his childhood there before moving to Jacksonville, Florida.
Graduation from Forrest High School in 1975, he attended Pfieffer College in
Misenheimer, North Carolina for one year, he then transferred to Florida State
University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and
Commander Speicher entered Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola,
Florida in July 1980, he completed training at the top of his class, and was
commissioned October 24, 1980.Upon completion of initial flight training, he received his
Wings of Gold on
May 28, 1982.
Lieutenant Commander Speicher then reported to the HELLRAZORS of
Attack Squadron ONE SEVEN FOUR (VA-174) for initial Corsair A-7E replacement
pilot training and was subsequently assigned to the GUNSLINGERS of
Attack Squadron ONE ZERO FIVE (VA-105), where he made deployments on the USS Carl
(CV-59) and to Iwakuni, Japan.
Lieutenant Commander Speicher's next duty assignment was to the GLADIAOTRS of
VFA-106where he transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet and served as a Flight instructor. After a successful tour with the
GLADIATORS Lieutenant Commander Speicher reported to the SUNLINERS
of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE (VFA-81) in January 1990.
Commander Speicher deployed with VFA-81and Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN
(CVW-17), onboard the USS SARATOGA (CV-60), August 7, 1990 in support of
OPERATION DESERT SHIELD. During the first hours of OPERATION DESERT STORM on January 17, 1991, he failed to return from the first carrier strike into Iraq.
Commander Speicher was believed to have been killed-in-action. Navy
officials recently changed his status to
October 12th. 2002
Captain Speicher status has been changed to
On August 13, 2009 the remains of Captain Michael Scott Speicher arrived in Florida 18 years after having been shot down in the Persian Gulf War. The plane containing his remains touched down at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Thousands of friends and family gathered for his burial. Captain Speicher's final resting place is at the Jacksonville Memory Garden.
I can finally say what I've been wanting to say for years. Welcome Home-Captain Speicher-Welcome Home !