Name: David Spellacy Rank/Branch: O3/US Marine Corps Unit: Age: 28 Home City: New River Air Station NC Date of Loss: 25 February 1991 Country of Loss: Loss Coordinates: Status: Killed in Action Status in 2002: KIA/Body Recovered Acft/Vehicle/Ground: (observation plane)
Other Personnel in Incident: Joseph Small III (released)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 19 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2002
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: Observation planes, including such models as the OV10 Bronco, were among the aircraft most feared by the Viet Cong and NVA forces during the Vietnam war, because whenever they appeared overhead, air strikes seemed certain to follow. The aircraft, because they flew low and were only lightly armed, were also vulnerable to enemy anti-aircraft fire.
Capt. David Spellacy was the observer and Major Joseph Small III the pilot of an observation aircraft flying as Forward Air Control on February 25, 1991. The aircraft was shot down by enemy fire. The incident was not initially announced by the Pentagon. Both crewmen were missing.
On March 6, 1991, Small was released by the Iraqis in a group of 15 American POWs. Spellacy remained missing.
Then on March 12, 1991, without further explanation, the U.S. Government announced that David Spellacy had been killed in action. It was not announced whether this declaration was based on the return of remains or was circumstantial. =================
FROM USA TODAY MARCH 20, 1991
GULF MARINE GETS FINAL SALUTE BY BRUCE FRANKEL USA TODAY
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......