August 02, 2009

Fair Winds and Following Seas

This comes from Legal Insurrection via Hot Air:

The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) has positively identified remains recovered in Iraq as those of Captain Michael Scott Speicher. Captain Speicher was shot down flying a combat mission in an F/A-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq on January 17th, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Speicher's family for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country," said Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. "I am also extremely grateful to all those who have worked so tirelessly over the last 18 years to bring Captain Speicher home."

“Our Navy will never give up looking for a shipmate, regardless of how long or how difficult that search may be,” said Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Captain Speicher and his family for the sacrifice they have made for our nation and the example of strength they have set for all of us.”

Rest in peace with the thanks of a grateful nation.

Posted by LMC at August 2, 2009 02:15 PM | TrackBack

From the book of Common Prayer, 1928

"..UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his body to the deep; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself."

Posted by: kmr at August 2, 2009 02:41 PM

Having seen the USNA Men's Choir on a number of occasions, I would like to thank you for posting this on the occasion of finally identifying the remains of Cpt. Speicher.
May he rest in peace and may his family finally find comfort.

Posted by: babs at August 3, 2009 11:06 PM