MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A second Minnesota man has been identified as one of the 30 soldiers killed Saturday in America’s biggest loss since the war in Afghanistan started.

According to a family friend, Minnehaha Academy graduate John Faas, 31, was among the Navy SEALs killed in the attack on a Chinook helicopter, which was shot down in Afghanistan on Saturday.

“He was just a polite, classy guy,” said Faas’ former principal from Minnehaha Academy. “A guy like this only comes around once or twice in a career. He wanted to be a Navy SEAL ever since he was in middle school.”

Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Spehar, of Chisago City, also died when the Chinook helicopter crashed after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Dave Ertl, who was the principal at Chisago Lakes High School when Spehar graduated in 2005, said Spehar excelled inside the classroom and outside of it.

The helicopter carrying the soldiers was on a mission targeting a Taliban leader when it was shot. Twenty-two of the 30 American troops in the helicopter were Navy SEALs.

Comments (7)
  1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    RIP and GOD bless you

  2. MIke says:

    Albert, 38% of military is made up of minorities. If you ever served your country, you would be aware of that. Instead, your just another statistical racists, bigoted, piece of dung……

  3. Steph says:

    Thank you to you and all who gave their life to keep us safe. May god bless you and bring comfort to your friends and family. A special thank you to all that serve to protect us.

  4. Jesse says:

    It bothers me that WCCO filters these message boards. Mostly adults looking at this site, so why edit posts out? Obviously you are going to have some idiotic posts, but unless something is blatantly vulgar it shouldn’t be erased.

    Judging by the other posts on here, I’m quite certain that someone’s post got deleted again.

  5. Michael says:

    Doesn’t anyone out there realize that the Taliban are only doing what WE trained them to do against the Soviets.

    Goggle Charlie Wilson, the answer to this war lie in the past. Time to bring your boys home standing, otherwise they will come home in a box.

    Praise Allah, Possibly the infidels will now leave the sovereign nation of Afghanistan and crawl back home, in search of something else to KILL. 

    Allah Akbar, God is Great!

  6. Elle says:

    May God comfort their families and friends. On behalf of a grateful citizen, and a grateful nation, I offer my deepest sympathies for their loss.

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