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U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Monday, December 31, 2012, at least 2,174 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

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Latest identifications:


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, 26, Mechanicville, N.Y., died Dec. 2, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde, 41, Sidney, Mont. and Devil’s Lake, N.D., died Dec. 3, 2012 in Lashkar Gah City, Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 818th Engineer Company (Sapper), 164th Engineer Battalion, North Dakota National Guard, Williston, N.D.


Army National Guard Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, Bismarck, N.D., died Dec. 3, 2012 in Lashkar Gah City, Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 818th Engineer Company (Sapper), 164th Engineer Battalion, North Dakota National Guard, Williston, N.D.


Navy SEAL Team Six Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, Monroeville, Pa., died Dec. 8, 2012 of combat-related injuries suffered while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.


Army Staff Sgt. Wesley R. “Wes” Williams, 25, New Carlisle, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, Rochester, N.Y., died Dec. 13, 2012 in Landstuhl, Germany from wounds suffered on Dec. 9 in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Army Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, Austin, Texas, died Dec. 13, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth, Texas.


Marine Corps Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, Pearl River, La., died Dec. 14, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, Baldwin, N.Y., died Dec. 14, 2012 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes in an incident that is under investigation. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Command, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.


Navy Lt. Leonard Robinson, 29, Spring Lake, N.C., died Dec. 15, 2012 of noncombat-related injuries while home on leave in Fayetteville, N.C. He was assigned to the Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy detachment located at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Bahrain.


Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, Pottstown, Pa., died Dec. 22, 2012 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, of a non-combat injury while supporting stability operations. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Va.


Army Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, The Colony, Texas, died Dec. 24, 2012 in Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.


Army Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, Citra, Fla., died Dec. 29, 2012 in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


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SEAL Killed in Rescue of Doctor in Afghanistan was Highly Decorated

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Navy SEAL who died in doctor rescue ID’d (NBC Today, Dec. 11, 2012)
The Navy SEAL who lost his life rescuing a fellow American kidnapped in Afghanistan has been identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque. The seasoned combat veteran took a single bullet and later died of his wound. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports. (01:37)

By Jim Miklaszewski
Chief Pentagon correspondent

December 9, 2012

The Pentagon on Monday identified the U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in the rescue of an American doctor in Afghanistan as a highly-decorated 10-year veteran from Pennsylvania.

Twenty-eight-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, of Monroeville, died Sunday of combat-related injuries sustained while supporting operations in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a release.

Checque was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command, the statement said. Checque had been awarded the Bronze Star, among many other commendations, the release said.

The rescue operation was launched when coalition forces reported that Dr. Dilip Joseph was in imminent danger.

Joseph, who worked with the non-profit Morning Star Development of Colorado Springs, was kidnapped Wednesday along with two Afghan staff members — one is part of the medical team, the other part of the support team. Joseph has been the non-profit’s medical adviser for three years.

Morning Star said the team of three had been returning from a visit to one of its rural medical clinics when the kidnappers stopped their vehicle. The three were then taken to a mountainous area about 50 miles from the Pakistan border, Morning Star said.

Contact between the hostages, their captors and the non-profit’s crisis management team started immediately, according to a statement on Morning Star’s website. On Saturday evening, two of the hostages were released. The two men then made their way out of the area and were taken to a police station.

At least six people were reported killed in the operation to rescue Joseph, the third hostage. …

In a statement Sunday evening, President Barack Obama said: “Yesterday, our special operators in Afghanistan rescued an American citizen in a mission that was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that our troops show every day.”

Two Taliban leaders were reportedly taken into custody. …

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