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Nearby: Navy SEAL Killed in Hostage Rescue Is Monroeville Native

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, died of combat related injuries sustained Dec. 8 while supporting operations in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, a highly decorated Navy SEAL, died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8 while supporting operations in Afghanistan.

WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA, reports that Checque, a highly-decorated combat veteran, was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command. The Department of Defense confirmed that Checque was from Monroeville but currently lived in Virginia Beach, Va.

Checque was among the special forces team assigned to rescue an American doctor who had been abducted in Afghanistan. Hours after the mission was completed, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that "a U.S. service member was killed in the operation."

Dr. Dilip Joseph was freed 11 hours after his captors released two other kidnapped staffers of his nonprofit agency, Morning Star Development, the organization said Sunday.

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scott Stilwell December 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
My prayers are with his loved ones during their time of grieving. May the Lord strengthen and comfort them.
Sherry Sacco December 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I am saddened to learn of Nick's death, but I am so proud. He gave his life for all of us, for our freedom, for this country. My prayers and love go out to him and his family. God Bless
Michael Hudson December 11, 2012 at 01:17 AM
As a supporter of the Navy Seal Foundation, I have learned what true warriors and heroes the SEALs are. Especially SEAL Team Six. Does anyone know if he leaves behind an immediate family?

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