Keating, Charles Humphrey, IV, SOC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SO-5326-Special Warfare Operator (SO)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Primary Unit
2016-2016, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 3
Service Years
2007 - 2016
SO-Special Warfare Operator
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenix, AZ
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Casualty Date
May 03, 2016
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unofficial Badges 

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

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Special Warfare Officer Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Duty Stations
Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare  Group 1 (NSWG-1)
  2016-2016, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 3
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2015-2015 Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
  2016-2016 Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
 Colleges Attended 
Indiana University
  2004-2006, Indiana University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 05, 2016, General Photos8
  May 10, 2016, Promoted posthumously to CPO
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Keating enlisted in 2007 and reported to his first SEAL unit in June 2008, according to Navy personnel records. Keating, a Star High School Runner, Left the Indiana University Cross Country Team to Become a SEAL.  He Was Based in California & Was Set to be Married in November of 2016. He Is the 3rd U.S. Servicemember Killed During the Fight Against the Islamic State.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy SEAL who was killed in Tuesday May 3, 2016, during a firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants was part of a quick reaction force sent in to assist a U.S. advise-and-assist team and Kurdish Peshmerga forces who were overwhelmed by a surprise ISIS offensive in Northern Iraq, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters on Wednesday.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, was part of the quick reaction force (QRF) that responded to a request for help from a small group of U.S. forces near the town of Tel Askuf, about two miles away from the front lines between Peshmerga and ISIS forces, spokesman U.S. Army Col Steve Warren said Wednesday morning.

The U.S. advise-and-assist team – composed of fewer than a dozen U.S. troops — was in the town of Tel Askuf when the force of more than 120 ISIS fighters pushed into the area. The ISIS force was made up of a 20 so-called “technicals” – commercial vehicles converted into ad hoc troop carriers and crew-served weapons platforms — and at least one bulldozer, Warren said.

The ISIS breach of the Peshmerga line occurred about 7:30 AM local time on Tuesday, and 20 minutes later the advise-and-assist team reported they were in contact with ISIS forces.

“After the enemy forces [punched] through the forward lines there and made their move into Tel Askuf, our forces automatically became kind of embroiled in the ensuing battle,” Warren said. “They rapidly called for the quick reaction force and continued on the fight until such time one service member was shot and then medevaced out.”

In support of the advise-and-assist team, U.S. forces had pre-assembled a QRF in the event the team ran into trouble.

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