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American Hero: Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, PA


Checque was killed in Afghanistan. (WPXI)



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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Checque was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.

An anonymous Pentagon official told The Associated Press that the fallen service member was a part of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden, but did not know if he was involved in the bin Laden operation last year.

Checque had been living in Virginia Beach, according to a report by WAVY in Virginia.

Military officials said the abductee -- Dr. Dilip Joseph, of Colorado Springs, Colo. -- was rescued early Sunday in eastern Afghanistan after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.


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