|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1962|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1991, Kuwait|
FROM USA TODAY MARCH 20, 1991
GULF MARINE GETS FINAL SALUTE
BY BRUCE FRANKEL
Worthington, Ohio -- A chill wind blew across the flat cemetery tow where Marine Capt. David Spellacy -- the last unaccounted for U.S. Marine in the gulf war and father of three -- was buried Tuesday.
Spellacy, 28, a navigator - bombardier, was shot down over Kuwait one day before the birth of his youngest child, Michael, and two days before the end of the war. He is also survived by daughter Amy, 3 and son Matthew, 1.
Seven Marines fired rifles. Then a flag was removed from Spellacy's stainless steel coffin, folded and handed to Spellacy's widow, Megan, 28.
Asked later what she'd want known about her husband, Megan Spellacy said, "He was a wonderful man, a wonderful husband, a wonderful father and a great Marine.
This is the way he would have wanted to go -- fighting for his country and protecting (his) men."
Maj. Joseph Small, pilot of the OV-10 Bronco plane that crashed as it returned from a mission, watched in steely silence.
"I came to mourn the loss of my squadron mate and pay my respects to the family," said Small, who was captured after the crash and eventually was released with the second group of allied POWs.
More than 300 people attended the funeral earlier at St. Peter's Church.
Robert Spellacy, 57, said of his son, "He was like a Pied Piper with other kids."
Family and friends described Spellacy as an optimistic, charismatic and competitive man, devoted to his family and the Marines.
Following graduation from Ohio University in 1984, he enlisted in the Marine officers training program. He graduated from naval flight officer training in Pensacola, Fla., last April (1990) and left Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 5 (1991).
"That didn't give him much of a chance to do what he was trained to do," said his father.
Ohio Gov. George Voinovich said Spellacy's death "underscores the fact that many people made a commitment and a sacrifice... Without men like (him) we couldn't have fought the war."
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