A high school and college track star, Charlie Keating IV, a Navy SEAL, was killed by ISIS well behind the front lines. He had boots and he was on the ground. He quit his promising successful college and sports career to fight for his country overseas.
The Navy SEAL was a former Phoenix high school star distance runner who went on to run cross country and track at Indiana University before attending the Naval Academy and becoming a SEAL based out of San Diego, Fox News reported.
Keating, 31, died in combat in the town of Tel Askuf, from AK-47 fire, officials said. He was the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its anti-ISIS campaign in the summer of 2014.
There were about 125 ISIS fighters. “This was a gunfight… There were bullets everywhere.”
“Like so many brave Americans who came before him, Charlie sacrificed his life in honorable service to our nation for a cause greater than self-interest, which we can never truly repay,” U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday in honor of Keating.
Keating was planning to get married in November.
“When Charlie left IU to enlist and try to become a SEAL, I don’t think it really surprised any of us,” said Robert Chapman, professor of kinesiology at IU Bloomington, who served as Indiana men’s cross country coach from 1998-2007. “You could tell he was a guy who wanted to be the best and find out what he was made of, and serving as special operations forces for his country embodied that.”
When the White House received the news, Josh Earnest went right out and talked about Flint which is being politicized to help Hillary Clinton.
He was asked about Charles Keating’s death, all he could say was Charles Keating was not in a combat mission.
“I don’t mean to make it sound benign, because it’s not. It’s dangerous. What I am trying to do though, is trying to be as precise as possible with you and the American public about what exactly our commander-in-chief has asked our service members to do. Secretary Carter, earlier today, described this death as a combat death. That’s — that’s accurate. This is an individual who is not in a combat mission, but he was in a dangerous place.”
Arizona Central said he was a cousin of Olympic swimming champion Gary Hall Jr.
Hall Jr. said he was not comfortable talking about his cousin’s death.
“It’s horrible, and it breaks my heart,” said Conley Wolfswinkel, a Valley developer and close friend of the Keating family. “My heart goes out to the family. No one deserves this.”
His father, Charles H Keating III, was a three-time All-American and competed in breaststroke at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, according to a university statement.