Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson issued the following statement Friday evening following the dignified transfer of remains of one of our shipmates – Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego – who was killed in action in northern Iraq May 3:
Today, SO1 Charles Keating came home. At a ceremony in Dover, the Keating family received the body of their beloved Charlie. He was such a positive force in the lives of all who knew him.
He loved his family. He loved his country. And he loved being a Frogman, part of the SEAL brotherhood. Charlie’s brother continues to serve as a SEAL and was there today to help carry his brother.
I will never forget today, when I was privileged to stand beside the Keatings as they welcomed SO1 Keating back to America. Tonight, as you put your head down and before closing your eyes, please remember Charlie’s sacrifice and pray for the Keating family as they mourn this loss. Then tomorrow, honor his memory and the memory of all the fallen, by rededicating ourselves to our mission to protect and defend.