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He's finally coming home

Anyone else remember this story from the first Gulf War. It was always in the back of my mind. Now it appears his remains have been found and confirmed.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gulf-war-pilot3-2009...

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War's not a nice business. To many people die that really shouldn't, many more get brutalized befor death and many just come up missing. Leave no man behind is a noble idea but men will be lost, that's just war. But every effort must be made to bring our guy's back. Think of all the Navy men that died at sea and bodies never recovered. The only way to aviod it is to avoid war, then evil wins!

My hat is off to every serviceman and woman, even those not in combat. In the bat of an eye, they can be in combat. By simply being in the service, they are in harm's way.

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Very true Don, the whole leave-no-man-behind is a very noble idea, but often is impossible to bring every fallen man/woman back home.

There are lot's and lots of remains still unrecovered from the Pacific theatre in WWII, the oldest Kennedy boy is one of the more famous examples. Lot's of Army Air Corps, Navy and USMC pilots were shot down and crashed over the Pacific, never recovered. Almost impossible to. Lots of sailors onboard ships as well were never recovered. I'm sure the same thing happened over the North Sea and English Channel during WWII. No only WWII, but other wars and conflicts in far away places as well.

I'm just glad that Speicher's family was able to finally have closure on this one. 18 years isn't long as history goes, but to the familiy it must have been an eternity. I work with a guy who's father was presumed shot down over Europe during WWII and his dads remains were never recovered, even to this day no one knows exactly where he is or where he may have gone down. The man I work with was only a toddler when his dad went MIA. Sad.

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The issue with Speicher was that they found the wreckage, but no remains. So depending on the condition of the seat, that means he either walked away or somebody hauled him away. That put him in a different category.

We're still repatriating remains from Vietnam, and personally I think such effort at closure and accountability is perhaps the most noble thing our government does. It's true that it doesn't have to do it...but I'd hate to think we'd be the kind of country that would walk away and leave its dead on the battlefield for the buzzards to pick at.

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For the wounds to heal

Finding the body is truly on closure. Many can heal their wounds if they can bury their dead and give a proper funeral. Dying for the country is a very noble act and giving them a proper funeral is the least we could do.

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God bless his brave soul!

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