Nicholas Patrick Spehar

Nicholas Patrick Spehar

Age: 24
Branch: USN
Rank(s): SA, SO3, SO2
Unit: ST5
Station: Coronado, CA

Fallen on: 06 August 2011
Location: Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror

Medals & Commendations: Army Achievement Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Hometown: Chisago Lakes, MN

SO2 Spehar was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including SO2 Spehar.