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Former military intelligence officer, R-MWC alum to read

Expert on POW/MIAs in Iraq will appear at Macon Bookshop

4/14/2003 4:53:47 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Amy Waters Yarsinske, a member of the R-MWC Class of 1985 and author of the acclaimed non-fiction narrative, No One Left Behind: The Lt. Commander Michael Scott Speicher Story, will be offering a reading and book signing at the Macon Bookshop at 2480 Rivermont Avenue at 4:00PM on April 21st. This event is free and open to the public.

Yarsinske, a former intelligence officer, broke the incredible true story of Lt. Commander Michael Scott Speicher, the first American pilot shot down during the 1991 Gulf War. On January 16 of that year, Speicher participated in the initial air strike of the Persian Gulf War. Moments after an attack by an Iraqi MIG-25, his plane vanished over the Baghdad desert. The next day, Secretary of State Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell told the American public that Speicher was the first casualty of the Gulf War. He was listed as Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered.

For eight years, Yarsinske interviewed top government and military officials, diplomats, pilots, informers, and Iraqi defectors to craft a stunning true account of the denials and cover-ups that obscured an essential fact: Speicher actually survived. His case has since been reclassified as Missing In Action, rather than dead, the first time such a change in status has ever been made.

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