An 18-year-old unanswered question has been resolved:
Remains found last month in Iraq’s Anbar province are those of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, who was shot down flying a combat mission in an F/A-18 Hornet on Jan. 17, 1991, and whose fate until now had been uncertain, Defense Department officials reported today.
Acting on information provided by Iraqi civilians, Marines stationed in Anbar province went to a desert location believed to be the crash site of Speicher’s jet, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology positively identified remains recovered there Speicher’s.
Bedouins had buried Speicher’s body after his plane crashed after being hit by ground fire during Desert Storm. A local Iraqi who had been present during the burial helped Marines locate the site.
Speicher had been flying from the USS Saratoga.