Navy SEAL Nicolas Checque RIP, Hero Dies Rescuing US Doctor

Navy SEAL Nicolas Checque

Dilip Joseph M.D. was rescued unharmed by SEAL Team Six after he was kidnapped by the Taliban. He was being taken to Pakistan. Afghans accompanying him had been released and told US military that he was being abused by his captors.

It was a daring rescue. Tragically, 28-year-old Petty Officer First Class Nicolas Checque of Monroeville, Pa. was killed. He was killed by a single gun shot to the head.

Petty Officer Checque had been a SEAL for eight years, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more at abc news:

…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…

…Joseph’s family released a statement thanking the U.S. government and military for the operation and offering their condolences to Checque’s family.

“We could not be more grateful for that soldier’s heroism and for the bravery of all involved in the mission to bring Dilip home,” the statement said.

Before Checque was identified publicly, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday he was “deeply saddened” to learn one of the servicemen had died…