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Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 05:26:00 -0500
August 02, 2009

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Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher

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."

Acting on information provided by an Iraqi citizen in early July, US Marines stationed in Al Anbar Province went to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Captain Speicher's jet. The Iraqi citizen stated he knew of two Iraqi citizens who recalled an American jet impacting the desert and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert. One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried. The Iraqi citizens led US Marines to the site who searched the area. Remains were recovered over several days during the past week and flown to Dover Air Force Base for scientific identification by the AFIP's Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.

The recovered remains include bones and multiple skeletal fragments. Positive identification was made by comparing Captain Speicher's dental records with the jawbone recovered at the site. The teeth are a match, both visually and radiographically.

While dental records have confirmed the remains to be those of Captain Speicher, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA Lab in Rockville, Maryland is running DNA tests on the remains recovered in Iraq and comparing them to DNA reference samples previously provided by family members. Results will take approximately 24 hours.



What Happened to Matt Maupin - On Thursday April 17th, Pentagon officials briefed the family of Sgt Matt Maupin.    In an article for The Enquirer posted at Malia Rulon, writes;
“Keith Maupin said that Pentagon officials told them Thursday that they would have to get a final report from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner on exactly how and when their son died. “I was given the impression that they believe it was very early on," Maupin said.   He said Pentagon officials told them that the June 2004 video released on an Arab television station showing a person in a U.S. military uniform being shot to death "might well have been Matt, but we don't know for sure."
“The Army Medical Examiner's Office in Maryland has had Sgt. Maupin's remains for more than two weeks. They have been doing forensic tests to determine when and how he was killed.  Keith Maupin said they have been told that "because of all the time that's gone by and the harsh conditions over there, there wasn't a lot of Matt left for them to examine." The Maupins will get the report when it's finished.”
In the same article Rulon reported; “Two of the Iraqis identified as being responsible for kidnapping and killing Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin four years ago have been sentenced to death - though not for Maupin's death, Army     officials told the soldier's parents Thursday.
The article also stated that Keith Maupin stated the Army paid a $200,000 reward for the tip that led to his son’s recovery.  However “The Army did not comment on the reward.”


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Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 18:23:54 -0400
Hopefully in 2008...
Our POWs will no longer wait...

Until They're All Home
Then I'll Leave It Alone
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,"
[Colossians 2: 8]

National Alliance of Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars
April 19, 2008                                     Bits N Pieces                                     
"I told them when we'd go up to the Pentagon,
whether he walks off a plane or is carried off,
you're not going to leave him in Iraq like you did those guys in Vietnam."
Keith Maupin as quoted by the Associated Press March 31, 2007
Services for Sgt. Matt Maupin -   The remains of Sgt. Matt Maupin will arrive at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati Ohio, on Saturday April 26th.   A procession will escort Sgt. Maupin to the Union Township Civic Center located at 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati Ohio.  Public visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and end at 7:00 AM Sunday April 27th.  
A memorial service beginning at 1:00 PM will be held at the Great American Ball Park located at 201 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.   A private burial service, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, will follow the memorial service. 
To check for any changed to this schedule visit
Our hearts and prayers are with the Maupin family.   Those wishing to extend their sympathy may send condolences to:             
Carolyn and Keith Maupin & Family
c/o The Yellow Ribbon Support Center
700 S Eastgate Blvd. – Suite 430
Cincinnati Ohio  45245
What Happened to Matt Maupin - On Thursday April 17th, Pentagon officials briefed the family of Sgt Matt Maupin.    In an article for The Enquirer posted at Malia Rulon, writes;
“Keith Maupin said that Pentagon officials told them Thursday that they would have to get a final report from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner on exactly how and when their son died. “I was given the impression that they believe it was very early on," Maupin said.   He said Pentagon officials told them that the June 2004 video released on an Arab television station showing a person in a U.S. military uniform being shot to death "might well have been Matt, but we don't know for sure."
“The Army Medical Examiner's Office in Maryland has had Sgt. Maupin's remains for more than two weeks. They have been doing forensic tests to determine when and how he was killed.  Keith Maupin said they have been told that "because of all the time that's gone by and the harsh conditions over there, there wasn't a lot of Matt left for them to examine." The Maupins will get the report when it's finished.”
In the same article Rulon reported; “Two of the Iraqis identified as being responsible for kidnapping and killing Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin four years ago have been sentenced to death - though not for Maupin's death, Army     officials told the soldier's parents Thursday.
The article also stated that Keith Maupin stated the Army paid a $200,000 reward for the tip that led to his son’s recovery.  However “The Army did not comment on the reward.”
A Very Impressive 268 – That is the current number of co-sponsors for H.Res 111.  Unfortunately, we are still stuck in the Rules Committee.   Please DO NOT give up.   Keep the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairperson Louise McIntosh-Slaughter.  Send a fax to:
Honorable Nancy Pelosi                       Tel: 202-225-0100 or Toll Free at 866-727-4894
Office of the Speaker                                        Fax: 202-225-8259
H-232, US Capitol                                                   202-225-4188
Washington, DC 20515
And don’t forget Rules Committee Chairperson
Honorable Louise McIntosh-Slaughter
2469 Rayburn Bldg                              Tel: 202-225-3615 or Toll Free at 866-727-4894
Washington D.C. 20515                                   Fax: 202-225-7822
Remind them that that H.Res 111 enjoys overwhelming bi-partisan support.   With 268 Co-Sponsors passage of H.Res 111 is clearly the will of the people.  
Not sure if your Congressional Representative is a cosponsor, visit    If your Representative is highlighted in red, he/she is a cosponsor.    And, remember if your Congressional Representative is not a cosponsor, keep working on them!
Status of PWs in South Vietnam – We recently located an interesting memo.  Both the recipient and sender are redacted.  However, the content of the memo, dated November 13, 1969 is basically un-redacted.   We found this memo interesting because it acknowledges the possibility that POW camps abandoned in South Vietnam may have been re-activated.   Unfortunately, as the memo indicates abandoned facilities were not “carried as detention facilities.”
This concept of re-activating a once abandoned camp is one possibility DPMO refused to consider in the case of Army Captain John T. McDonnell (Vessey 119 Discrepency Case, Project X and one of the 19 New POWs.)   According to the memo;
“The MACV Joint Prisoner Recovery Center investigates on the ground all credible reports of detention sites in South Vietnam.  In some cases evidence of hastily evacuated prison cages have been found and in one case a fatally wounded American soldier was recovered.  These sites investigated on the ground by JPRC are usually left in an unusable state and are not afterwards carried as detention facilities.  In some cases the sites may in fact have been re-used, but this is problematical.    There are also reported sites in Cambodia and Laos.   There is little point in attempting to summarize this information, since interrogation of released and escaped prisoner indicates that the VC move the captives from camp to camp as the tactical situation demands.”
The memo also discussed a no bomb area assigned to “one detention facility – a cave in Laos.”   We can only assume that strong intelligence reporting indicated this cave was a detention facility for American POWs in Laos in 1969.
To view the full document, visit the Vietnam section of our website at
Government Acknowledges Mis-Identification of World War II Airman - “The POW/MIA bunch (Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC) gave it all their spin - and boy, can they spin it. They're better than Bill O'Reilly."  Those are the words of Mary Roberts, sister of World War II airman Wesley Stuart. 
In the March 15th edition of Bits we reported how one World War II family exhumed and tested remains returned to them in the late 1940’s after the Bent Prop Project, a private group researching World War II aircraft losses, located Stuart’s aircraft with remains inside.  This information was provided to the U.S. government but no action was forthcoming.
So, Mary Roberts took matters into her own hands, exhuming and paying for private mt-DNA testing.  The test confirmed the families long held suspicions that the remains were not those of Wesley Stuart.
On April 17th the Recorder published a follow up to this story, written by Michael Fitzgerald.  Excerpts from his story follow:
[Begin Story] "They wanted me to go away. Trust me," said Roberts, a Stockton bar owner. "But
I didn't. They don't know Irish people. Irish people are persistent."
“This latest twist in the story of Wesley Stuart involves an admiral's apology, an honor guard and Stuart's hope that, far away on a tiny coral island in the Pacific, recently discovered remains may really be those of her beloved brother.”
“On Sept. 13, 1944, Wesley Raymond Stuart, a lanky, 6-foot-1, blue-eyed, fun-loving cowboy, who rode bucking broncos in Oakdale rodeos, who played guitar and sang, flew off the deck of the carrier U.S.S Enterprise, bound for the island of Peleliu.  Stuart, 20, a turret gunner in a three-man Avenger light bomber, never returned.”
“Civilian searchers with the Bent Prop Project found his plane's wreckage in 2005.  They conjecture Stuart's Avenger, crossing over the island's shore, took a direct hit from intense Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Its bomb and gas tank exploded.”
“Four long years passed, and the war was over, when the Navy notified the family Stuart's remains - skeletal fragments - had been recovered.  To the Stuarts, the delay in identifying Wesley's remains, and the thin evidence on which identification was based, raised doubts. Stuart's mother disbelieved.”
"How she knew that, I don't know," Roberts confessed. "Mother's intuition.  Something."  But the family interred the remains. "My mother took good care of him. She said, 'It's not my son. But it's someone's son.'"
“Roberts grew up with the doubt. Long after her parents died, when forensic DNA technology evolved, she asked the Navy to test the remains. The Navy refused.
"The POW/MIA bunch (Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC) gave it all their spin - and boy, can they spin it. They're better than Bill O'Reilly," Roberts said.”
“When Stuart's plane was found in 2005, human remains were found beneath the fuselage. "I thought, 'I have to find out. I have to know,'”  Roberts recalled.  So she hired an attorney to handle the legalities of disinterment and sent remains from the mausoleum to a lab in Pennsylvania along with a sample of her DNA.”
“The specialist called her personally.  "I didn't want your attorney to call you and tell you," she told Roberts. "The DNA didn't match."  Roberts said she notified the Navy, which changed its tune. "No more spin. They came down to earth. ... Let me tell you, it really shook them up."
“An official from JPAC promised a letter of apology, signed by an admiral, Roberts said. The Navy is sending an honor guard and "high-ranking official" to Park View Cemetery for a formal disinterment ceremony on April 23.”
“The unknown soldier will be transported to Honolulu , where experts will try to match the remains to the military's database of MIAs.”
“Roberts wonders if the remains beneath the fuselage are her brother's. She hopes JPAC will investigate.  But there's another possibility: Could the Navy have mixed up the other two crewmen, sending Wesley's remains to the family of the airman who long rested in French Camp?” [End Story]
Question – Ms. Roberts had to hire an attorney, pay for exhumation, and mt-DNA testing at her personal expense ($11,000) to proved remains returned as her brother where not his, shouldn’t the government repay her expenses?
Why does Johnie Webb still have his job?
National Alliance of Families 19th Annual Forum is scheduled for June 19th – 21st, 2008.  Our forum is conducted to coincide with the Government s annual Vietnam POW/MIA Family Briefings. We urge all family members to attend this year’s government briefing. The government will provide free airfare to two family members to attend the government briefings. There is no charge or registration fee to attend these briefings and you DO NOT have to belong to an organization to attend the government briefings.
This year our meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, located at 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway Crystal City, VA.   The special Alliance rate is $129.00 per night, plus tax.    Parking rate under the Alliance is $10.00 per night.   Cutoff date for reservations is May 20th so make your reservations early.   There will be no extension on this date.  To reserve your room, call 1-703-684-7200.
The Alliance is an all volunteer organization. Our meetings are open to all, without charge. At this time of year, we actively seek contributions to finance our forum. If you wish to contribute, donations may be mailed to:
National Alliance of Families
P.O. Box 40327
Bellevue, WA . 98015
Remember all contributions are tax deductible.

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DPMO researchers have completed the first electronic listing of Missing Personnel from the Second World War, which is now available on the DPMO website . Click HERE to see the database. Developed from two historical sources created by different agencies, as well as thousands of individual casualty files, the list will serve as the foundation for building detailed information on each WWII-era serviceman whose remains were not recovered. Work on expanding the list to include information such as aircraft or ship involved in each loss is already underway, and plans for further analytical enhancements are in development.

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This website and the National POW/MIA Awareness are both *NEW* ideas; but ideas that will succeed!  For far too long now, POW/MIA has been, and continues to be, hushed and whispered words.  NO MORE!  We are joining together to bring the words to LIFE!  And in so doing, to bring forth AWARENESS to the American people.  THAT, dear Americans, is NECESSARY!
I think that most every American Veteran will wholeheartedly agree that there were far too many POW/MIAs left behind, either dead or alive, in Vietnam.  Many are yet, still there.  Obviously it is unknown if all are now deceased or if some remain alive.  I can advise you that some families remain, to this day, hopeful.  My son, serving as an MSG for the USMC, was stationed in Hanoi, N. Vietnam for over a year.  He spoke of untold 'carts' of Vietnamese selling American 'dog tags'.  In an attempt to reunite dog tags with the families we began to do some research before putting tons of money into the purchase of said 'dog tags'.
What we discovered was that there was NO WAY of distinguishing a real, American G.I. dog tag from the Vietnam Era to a fake one made by the Vietnamese to make money.  They'd had plenty of time to learn their 'trade'.
My son spent approximately $100.00 in purchasing dog tags that we were never able to reunite with family members because of privacy issues.  My marine also found it very difficult to walk away from such carts as he felt like he was 'turning his back and walking away from his fellow comrades.'  This, I understood.  Also, when a Vietnamese sees an "American" approaching, the prices jump way up!  "Rich Americans"  ha ha ha.
Currently we KNOW of two POW/MIAs in our recent past.  In Desert Storm, Scott Speicher.  In Operation Iraqi Freedom, 'Matt' Maupin.  'Matt' is an Ohioan, as am I.  Thus, Chapter 1 of the National POW/MIA Awareness is Ohio, obviously.  I am in contact with Mr. Keith Maupin by email and the family holds the Faith and the Hope that any young man or woman would be so gratefully honored to have their family hold on to.  Whether dead or alive, the Maupin family, as well as their numerous supporters, continue in the strength of prayers and faith and hope!  Isn't it time that the entire Nation stand with them?  Isn't it time that we no longer whisper POW/MIA and instead shout it from the rooftops and DEMAND to know what our Military and our Government is doing about these situations and these men/women?  Yes, rescues of some were made.  Some were alive, some were not.  What are WE doing about the atrocities committed against our POW/MIA Americans held by terrorists who ended up beheaded and other such atrocities that ended up being their awful fate?  And I am NOT just referencing our Military here. 
We are currently prosecuting our own men/women who return from the hell of a warzone for crimes against innocent Iraqis they say.  What, if anything, are we doing against the not so innocent terrorists who have committed such atrocities against our fellow Americans?
These are just 'some' of the issues and reasons this National POW/MIA Awareness Association was founded and why WE WILL NEVER FORGET AND WE WILL NEVER FAIL.
I ENCOURAGE someone from every state in this Great Nation, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, to step forward and begin a State Chapter of the POW/MIA Awareness Association. Each new Chapter will be given a Chapter No. and the Chapter's contact person and their information, as they see fit to provide such information, will be listed here per state.  Some may opt to only give an email address while others give out their entire mailing, email, phone no., etc. information.  I do NOT decide how much information is provided by a State Chapter Leader; THEY DO.  Their privacy is as important as anyone else's.  But they must, at bear minimum, supply an email addy for contact information.
I am hoping that we can continue to grow and make a difference in the importance of the POW/MIA Awareness Issue.
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Fact Sheet: VA Benefits for Former Prisoners Of War

Former American prisoners of war (POWs) are eligible for special veterans benefits, including enrollment in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care for treatment in VA hospitals and clinics without copayments as well as disability compensation for injuries and diseases that have been associated with internment.  These benefits are in addition to regular veterans benefits and services to which they, as
veterans, are entitled. Records show that 142,246 Americans were captured and interned during
World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Somalia and Kosovo conflicts, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
There were no servicemembers reported missing in action from the Bosnia deployment nor from recent Afghanistan operations.  Of the 125,214
Americans surviving captivity, about 29,350 were estimated to be alive at the end of 2005.  
American Prisoners Of War at End of 2005  Captured
and Interned    Died while POW    Returned to U.S. Military Control  Refused to Return    Alive at end of 2005
GRAND TOTAL 142,246 17,009 125,214 21 29,350   
WW I    4,120    147    3,973    --    --   
WW II    130,201  14,072  116,129  --  26,750   
Korean    7,140  2,701    4,418    21    2,000   
Vietnam    725    64    661    --    579   
Gulf War    47    25    21    --    21   
Somalia    1    --    1    --    1   
Kosovo    3    --    3    --    3   
Iraq    9    --    8    --    8   
Notes:  A more detailed analysis is at .  The Iraq column includes one servicemember who continues to be listed as "missing/captured" and while not counted in the column of living former POWs, this is not meant to imply anything about his vital status.  One Gulf War servicemember is listed as missing-captured after his status was changed.  The estimate of the number alive from World War II and the Korean War at the end of 2005 is based on mortality estimates from VA's
Office of the Actuary that are rounded to the nearest 50.  This report assumes all returned POWs of the Gulf War, Somalia and Kosovo are still alive, but the government has not individually tracked their vital
status.  Because of the advanced age of World War I veterans, estimates of those alive would be too unreliable to report.

Congress has defined a prisoner of war as a person who, while serving on active duty, was forcibly detained by an enemy government or a hostile force, during a period of war or in situations comparable to war.

With nine out of ten former POWs having served in World War II, the estimated number of living POWs decreased from nearly 32,500 to 29,000 during 2005 due mainly to the estimated death rates for World War II and Korean POWs.


As of August 2006, there were 16,884 former POWs receiving compensation benefits from VA.  Approximately 13,000 of them are rated as 100 percent disabled.

Studies have shown that the physical hardships and psychological stress endured by POWs have life-long effects on health and on social and vocational adjustment.  These studies also indicate increased
vulnerability to psychological stress.  The laws on former POW benefits recognize that military medical records do not cover periods of captivity.  For many diseases, unless there is evidence of some other cause, VA disability compensation can be paid on the basis of a
presumption that a disease present today is associated with the veteran's captivity or internment.

For POWs detained for 30 days or more, such eligibility covers any of the following illnesses that are found at a compensable level (at least 10 percent disabling): avitaminosis; beriberi; chronic dysentery; cirrhosis of the liver; helminthiasis; irritable bowel syndrome and
malnutrition, including associated optic atrophy.  Also covered are: pellagra and any other nutritional deficiency; peptic ulcer disease; and peripheral neuropathy, except where directly related to infectious
causes.  Several categories of diseases are presumptively associated with captivity without any 30-day limit:  psychosis; any anxiety state;
dysthymic disorders; cold injury; post-traumatic  arthritis; strokes; and common heart diseases.

The rate of VA monthly compensation, according to degree of disability, ranges from $112 to $2,393 per month.  Veterans rated as 30 percent or more disabled qualify for additional benefits based upon the number of
dependents.  Dependents of those rated 100 percent disabled may qualify for educational assistance.

Spouses of veterans who die as a result of service-connected disabilities are eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation. Spouses of former POWs who were rated 100 percent disabled and who died of a condition unrelated to their service also may be eligible,
depending on the date of death and how long the veteran held the 100 percent disability rating.  Those non-service-connected deaths prior to October 1999 are covered if the former POW had been 100 percent disabled for at least 10 years.  More recent non-service-connected deaths are covered under a law that provides the benefit when the former POWs was 100 percent disabled for a year or more.

Medical Care

Former POWs receive special priority for VA health-care enrollment, even if their illness has not been formally associated with their service. Former POWs are exempt from making means test copayments for inpatient
and outpatient medical care and medications, but they have the same copay rules as other veterans for extended care.  They also are now eligible for dental care without any length-of-interment requirement.

VA periodically has provided training for its medical staff about former POWs, and an online curriculum is maintained at .

Outreach Campaign

In collaboration with its Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War,VA launched a campaign in 2003 to ensure that eligible former POWs are aware of their VA benefits.  Direct mail was used where addresses could
be found for veterans who were not currently on the rolls.  Those already receiving VA benefits were reminded of the possible availability of increased compensation if a condition has worsened, and they also
were alerted to the improvement of benefits in recent years.  In addition, to seek former POWs for whom VA could not locate an address and to reach widows of veterans who may have died of a service-connected
condition, VA issued news releases and provided interviews to alert the public to expanded policies.  Brochures, exhibits and VA Web sites were
improved to provide more information to former POWs and the public.

Later in 2004 and 2005, VA initiated another outreach campaign to locate former POWs who were experiencing two new presumptive conditions - heart disease or stroke - to alert them to the change in law.

Additional Resources

POW coordinators are assigned to each VA regional office and medical center and are available to provide more information.  Former POWs may contact VA regional offices with general benefits questions at
800-827-1000.    Medical eligibility questions may be directed to 877-222-8387.  Additional information for former POWs also is available from VA's Web site at .



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