ZANESFIELD — A Marine from Zanesfield was killed Monday in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. David S. Spicer, 33, of Zanesfield, as well as Sgt. Michael W. Heede Jr., 22, of Delta, Pa., died Monday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
He was an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He joined the Marine Corps in October 1994 and was promoted to staff sergeant in November 2007, according to a release from the Marines.
Spicer deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May. His awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign, unit and service decorations.
His most recent duty station was Camp Lejeune, N.C. The graduate of more than a dozen service schools, including Marine Scout Sniper School and Marine Close Quarters Combat Instructor’s Course, had been selected for promotion to the rank of gunnery sergeant, a rank he will receive posthumously.
Spicer was a new father who enjoyed being a Marine, his brother told the Columbus Dispatch.
“'He was as good a guy as you could ever meet,” said Tim Stacy, of Zanesfield, one of Spicer's brothers. “He was in the military for 15 years. He loved the military. It was his life.”
Spicer joined the Marines after graduating from Benjamin Logan High School in Zanesfield in 1994. Zanesfield is southeast of Bellefontaine.
Spicer’s wife, Kate, 36, gave birth to their first child, a daughter, a year ago and is pregnant with a son, Stacy said.
His mother, Sandra Lockwood, and father, David Spicer, were in Delaware on Tuesday when the body arrived at Dover Air Force Base, he said. Besides Stacy, Spicer is survived by two other brothers and a sister.
Stacy said the military hasn’t revealed the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death.
Spicer will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Stacy said.