Memorial held for Coronado Navy SEAL killed in Iraq

CORONADO (KUSI) — A special memorial was held Thursday for the Coronado-based Navy SEAL who was killed in action last week.

Chief Petty Officer Charles Keating IV was killed while fighting ISIS terrorists.

There was a sea of sailors at Tidelands Park on Coronado Island and they were all there to honor Chief Petty Officer Charles Keating IV.

"’Moderating is for cowards’ was his motto and so whatever he did, he did with all of his strength," said Chaplain Dennis Kelly.

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The Coronado-based Navy SEAL was recently killed in a gun fight against ISIS terrorists.

" … a man of strong faith and conviction. It helped him do what he did to sacrifice as he did. Willfully and knowingly," Chaplain Kelly said.

The 31-year-old’s family attended the memorial. His father spoke about how strong, how courageous, how loving and how much fun the fallen Navy SEAL was.

"He could just insert levity at the right moment and then, flip a switch and do his job. The best.  He would outperform everybody in the field and that’s just the way Charlie was."

He was a guy who loved to surf and have fun and most of all, who loved this country.

Keating’s young brother, Billy Keating, who also happens to be a Navy SEAL, spoke about how his brother was his best friend and his idol.

Chief Petty Officer Keating had made the decision to join the Navy after the 9/11 terror attacks.

He had since become a decorated war veteran, adding to his achievements Thursday, a silver star was awarded to the fallen chief, Special Warfare Operator posthumously.

Although he was originally from Phoenix, Keating called San Diego home.

He married his love here and they lived on Coronado Island, a Navy town that also feels the depth of such a great loss, a community that comes together to help in any way it can.

The family of Chief Petty Officer Keating said if you’d like to do something, they ask you to donate to the Navy SEAL Foundation in Charlie’s name. The foundation is dedicated to help the families of special warfare operators.

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