Checque, Nicolas D., SO1

 Service Photo   Service Details
77 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SO-5326-Special Warfare Operator (SO)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Primary Unit
2011-2012, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
Service Years
2002 - 2012
SO-Special Warfare Operator
Two Hash Marks

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

10 kb

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by David C. Baker (NTWS Chief Admin), MMC to remember Checque, Nicolas D., SO1.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Casualty Info
Home Town
Monroeville, PA
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 08, 2012
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60, Site 9939

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, GWOT Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Special Warfare Officer Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2002, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)<B>US Army (USA)</b>/Basic Airborne School Naval Special Warfare  Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 10Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
Naval Special Warfare  Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
  2002-2003, IS-0000, Fleet Operational Intelligence Training Center Atlantic (FOITCLANT)
  2003-2004, IS-0000, Naval Special Warfare Center/Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUDS) School
  2004-2004, IS-0000, US Army (USA)/Basic Airborne School
  2004-2004, SO-5326, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
  2004-2006, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 10
  2006-2012, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
  2011-2012, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 15, 2012, Obituary
  May 23, 2016, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque died of injuries sustained in the successful rescue of an American doctor from the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Checque sustained his mortal injuries while on a nighttime mission Saturday December 8, 2012  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.

The Doctor's family released a statement thanking the U.S. government and military for the operation and offering their condolences to Checque's family at the annoucement of the Checques' Death

"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 In a statement, said:

“I want to commend the U.S. Special Operations team who rescued an American citizen captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. I was deeply saddened to learn that a U.S. service member was killed in the operation, and I also want to extend my condolences to his family, teammates and friends. The special operators who conducted this raid knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow American from the enemy’s grip. They put the safety of another American ahead of their own, as so many of our brave warriors do every day and every night. In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld. The torch of freedom burns brighter because of them.”

Name of Award
Bronze Star
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
His 1st (of 2) Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Lead Navigator, Point Man, Sensitive Sight Exploitation, and Fire Team Leader for a Joint Task Force in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 6 July 2007. During the early morning hours, the task for conducted an operation against a known enemy safe haven. While exfiltrating from the objective area, Petty Officer Checque's convoy was ambushed and struck by an explosively formed penetrator array, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from multiple positions dispersed along the route. Several operators were wounded in the rear vehicle and in need of urgent care. Without direction and disregarding to personal safety, Petty Officer Checque quickly altered his route and directed the convoy to the nearest coalition outpost. His quick actions and decisiveness under fire enabled the ground force to rapidly escape the contact area, preventing further casualties and rendering aid to the wounded. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Checque reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
Copyright Inc 2003-2011