SO2 Nicholas Patrick Spehar

Nicholas Patrick Spehar was born in Minneapolis, in the Fall of 1986 to Annette and Patrick Spehar. He had one older sister, Marie and three young siblings, Luke, Jacob and Lisa. Although Pat and Annette consider all of their children miracles, Nicholas became known as their "miracle child" because of his traumatic birth. Once Nick got out of the NICU, there was never a dull moment! Nicolas approached life with great vigor and curiosity and truly lived every moment to the fullest. Nicholas was killed in action in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Extortion 17.

Nicholas led his life with dedication and integrity. He had a deep Catholic faith. Nicolas had a deep love for his family and devotion to his parents and siblings were unparalleled. He was an elite warrior earning the coveted position of Honor Man in both Naval Special Warfare Lead Breacher, and Sniper School.

He had a love for art, poetry and music. The poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley was among his favorites. He lived his life for the love of God, family, friends and country. The family remembers the words of Nicholas when asked why he came a Navy SEAL, he answered without hesitation-

"I do it for you."