CPO Nicolas D “Nick” Checque

CPO Nicolas D “Nick” Checque

Monroeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Dec 2012 (aged 28)
Laghman, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 9939
Memorial ID 101991240 · View Source
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A private memorial service was held to honor Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque.

Interment was at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 P.M. on 21 December 2012. This has been confirmed by a cemetery official that I spoke with just moments ago.

Due to safety concerns, identifying information regarding his family will not be added by me to his bio and memorial.

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The Pentagon has identified Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque as the Navy SEAL who died of injuries sustained in the successful rescue of an American doctor from the Taliban over the weekend.

Checque, who hailed from Monroeville, Pa., died of "combat related injuries," according to a Pentagon release. Though the release only said Checque was assigned to "an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit," ABC News previously reported the fallen servicemember was a part of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Checque, 28, sustained his mortal injuries while on a nighttime mission Saturday to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American doctor who worked for an non-governmental organization based in Kabul. Joseph was kidnapped by the Taliban earlier this month and American officials believed he was in imminent danger.

During his 10 years in the Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque was given these awards and decorations:
Bronze Star Medal w/Combat 'V'
Joint Service Commendation Medal w/Combat 'V'
Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/Combat 'V'
Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbons
Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Afghan and Coalition Forces Rescue American Doctor Who Was Kidnapped by Taliban


Published: December 9, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — An American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban was rescued Sunday by Afghan and coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. At least six people were killed, including a member of a U.S. special forces Navy SEAL team. Two Taliban leaders were arrested during the rescue.

On Monday, Department of Defense officials identified the member of the elite team as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa. A highly-decorated combat veteran, he was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit, officials said.

The American physician rescued on Sunday, Dr. Dilip Joseph, was abducted along with two Afghan men on Wednesday while driving to a rural medical clinic in the Sorobi district of eastern Afghanistan, about an hour outside the capital, Kabul, according to the district police chief, Naqeebullah Khan.

From there, the kidnapped men were taken to a mountainous area about 50 miles from the border with Pakistan, according to a statement from the American nonprofit organization that employed the men, Morning Star Development. After days of negotiations, the two Afghan employees were released Saturday. But Dr. Joseph remained in the hands of his Taliban captors.

Kidnappings of government officials and Westerners are a common source of money for criminal organizations as well as the Taliban. In many cases, people kidnapped by the Taliban are taken across the border to Pakistan, where it becomes extremely difficult to track them.

Having received intelligence that the doctor was in imminent danger, American and Afghan forces mounted a rescue attempt, the coalition forces said in a statement. The doctor was unhurt in the raid.

"Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban," said Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, who ordered the mission.

Dr. Joseph, who lives in Colorado Springs, has frequently traveled to Afghanistan, according to the organization's statement.

The abductions occurred about 25 miles from a stretch of highway heading east from the capital toward Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The highway itself is considered safe during the day, but travel is much more dangerous in the areas off the main road.

Kidnappings are frequent occurrences in the area, and the Taliban is active there, despite international efforts to control the violence. In the case of Dr. Joseph, the kidnappers were believed to have been demanding a $100,000 ransom, said Dr. Said Jan, the director of the public health clinic in Sorobi, where Dr. Joseph was seized.

New York Times:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Gravesite Details Interred December 21, 2012
  • Maintained by: Dr. William McDonald
  • Originally Created by: Mrs. Grizzle
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101991240
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPO Nicolas D “Nick” Checque (5 Mar 1984–8 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101991240, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dr. William McDonald (contributor 47025215) .