Captain
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 Accounting in
June 1980.

Lieutenant 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 Vinson (CVN-70),
USS Forrestal (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.

Lieutenant 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.

Lieutenant Commander Speicher was believed to have been killed-in-action. Navy officials recently changed his status to
missing-in-action.

As of
October 12th. 2002
Captain Speicher status has been changed to
Missing Captured..

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.

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