May he and his family find peace.

The Department of Defense says the remains of Captain Michael “Scott” Speicher have been found.The Jacksonville resident was the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Acting on a tip they received in early July, DOD officials found a place in the Iraqi desert they believed to be Speicher’s crash site.

That is where they found the remains.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Speicher’s family for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “I am extremely grateful to all those who have worked so tirelessly over the past 19 years to bring Captain Speicher home.”

Hat tip LT B.

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  • Don & Jean Macdonald

    He carried our rings down the aisle on October 22,1960. He was part of the family and may he rest in peace. Let the healing begin.

  • Joseph Hodgson

    I am in the USAF and I am an Enlisted guy. I enlisted in the AF in 2000 and in 2001 started wearing a POW bracelet. On mine it states LCDR Michael S. Speicher USN 17 JAN 91 IRAQ. I always wore it in uniform for respect for our missing military comrades. It was part of my morning routine for the past 8 years. When I turned on the news today I was very excited to know that the bracelet I wore had the name that I prayed for often and he had been repatriated. I am honored to send this back to the family like they did in the past. Does anybody know how I can do this?

  • Fouled Anchor

    I’m glad to see this mystery finally solved and hope that the family finds closure in this difficult time. His family went without answers for far too long…great job of the Navy for never giving up the search.

    My Scott Speicher finally rest in peace. And if media reports are correct, thank you to the Bedouins for having buried this warrior with respect and preventing him from having become a propoganda piece for Saddam.

    Joseph, good on ya. I hope you are able to return this bracelet to the Speicher family.

  • Byron

    Joseph, not sure exactly where, but Jacksonville, Fl. is where his family lived. His name showed up in the paper and on TV for years as different stories came out about his shoot-down and possible capture. I suggest you go to, and contact the Florida Times Union for information. I’m sure they’d be glad to help you out (as it would make a nice story for the paper).

  • Kelly Jefferson

    Joseph, I recommend sending your bracelet to Cindy Laquidara, who has served as spokesperson for the Speicher-Harris family. I’m sure she will deliver it to them. Her office address is:

    City of Jacksonville
    Office of the General Counsel
    117 W. Duval St., Suite 480
    Jacksonville, FL 32202

  • Kelly Jefferson

    Additional note re: where to send bracelets: See for an alternate address.

  • Byron

    Kelly, you just proved why I think Jacksonville is a pretty good place to live.

  • rj

    I have had his bracelet for many many years and would like to return it to the family. Does anyone know where I would send it? Scott, you are home now. Rest in peace.

  • Matt Salazar

    Does anyone know of a memorial service that may possibly be conducted because of this new discovery? Spike was a friend of my family and we would like to know if such a service will take place as we would like to honor him.