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Navy Vet Wakes Up With No Memory; Speaks Only Swedish

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — When police found the unconscious man in a Motel 6, the IDs on him said he was Michael Thomas Boatwright from Florida.


Navy Vet Michael Boatwright has amnesia, speaks only Swedish.

But when the man awoke at Desert Regional Medical Center a few days later, he said he’d never heard of Boatwright.

Among the IDs police discovered on him was one from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He’d served from 1971 to 1973 in the Navy as an aviation mechanic.

He didn’t recall serving in the U.S. Navy. Or of being born in Florida. When they showed him photos of himself with others, he didn’t recognize them, or himself.

And he didn’t speak a word of English. The man said his name was Johan Ek.  And he said it in Swedish.

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