Michael Scott Speicher (July 12, 1957– January 17, 1991) was a United States Navy pilot who was shot down during the Gulf War of 1991. He was the first American combat casualty of the conflict, although his death was not confirmed until August 2, 2009.
The Florida State University named its tennis center after Speicher, an avid player. The $1.2 million Scott Speicher Tennis Complex was completed in 2003.
A memorial statue and plaque was erected onboard Naval Air Station Cecil Field dedicated to him. The Naval Air Station has since been deactivated.
A memorial headmarker dedicated to Speicher stands in Section H of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial markers are erected when there are no identifiable remains for an individual whose death has been substantiated. Cemetery policy states that if remains are later recovered, the headmarker will be interred with the coffin.
In effort to honor Speicher, a former Iraqi air base in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit was renamed COB Speicher.
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 at 3 p.m. Captain Speicher’s final resting place is at the Jacksonville Memory Garden.
A parade welcomed him home, followed by a 21-gun salute by the Jacksonville Sheriff Office. A true patriot indeed.
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