Public procession to honor fallen Navy SEAL held in Coronado

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) —The City of Coronado held a public funeral procession honoring Petty Officer First Class Charles Keating Friday in Spreckles Park before he was buried in a private service at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Petty Officer Keating—a Navy SEAL based in Coronado—was killed by “direct fire” last week after Islamic State forces broke through the front lines of Kurdish troops, according to the Pentagon. He was a member of the U.S. Military’s advise and assist team that arrived to support and was more than a mile behind front lines.

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Friday’s procession from Coronado to the private service at the cemetery is expected to begin around noon. The procession will pass Sixth Street, Alameda Blvd. and Fourth Street.

Flags in the city of Coronado remained at half-staff in honor of the SEAL.  Coronado officials and the SEALs are inviting the public to line Fourth and Sixth streets with American Flags prior to 12 p.m. to pay their respects.

The body of officer Keating returned to Naval Base Coronado Wednesday and the Navy held a memorial service Thursday.

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Petty Officer Keating lived in the San Diego area. He was compelled to enlist in the Navy after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and had since become a decorated war Veteran.

The Navy SEAL grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he graduated from a high school in 2004. He then attended Indiana University.

He enlisted in the Navy in 2007 and became a SEAL a year later.

Keating’s medals include the Bronze Star, as well as three Navy achievement medals, and two combat action ribbons after being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Keating’s death is the third American combat loss in Iraq since the U.S. re-deployed forces to the region in the summer of 2014.

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