Today’s Badass: Nicholas P. Spehar, Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL), U.S. Navy
Nick Spehar was born on October 19, 1986, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 25, 2006, and went on active duty to begin basic training on March 15, 2007. Spehar completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in June 2007, and then attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at NAB Coronado, California, from June 2007 to February 2008. He next attended Naval Special Warfare Advanced (SEAL Qualification) Training at NAB Coronado and at Kodiak, Alaska, from February to August 2008, followed by service with SEAL Team FIVE at NAB Coronado from September 2008 until he was killed in action when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was aboard was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. During this time, Petty Officer Spehar deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times. He was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.