JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When three Navy officers in dress uniform knocked on the door of Michael Scott Speicher's Jacksonville home at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, his wife, Joanne, knew why they were there -- to tell her that her husband had been shot down in the Persian Gulf.
"They didn't really have to say anything," said a family friend who asked not to be identified. "She knew they'd come to tell her he was the one."
Military sources say Speicher was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. He was officially listed as missing in action because his body has not been recovered.