The U.S. Navy SEAL killed in combat has been identified and the name will strike a cord with those of us who recall the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. He is Charlie Keating IV and, yes, his grandfather is indeed that Charles Keating. It turns out that the grandson is everything that the grandfather failed to become: a man of loyalty, principle, and unbridled courage. It is hard to imagine the loss of such a remarkable young man. The family gave this nation a true hero who gave his life fighting side by side with his fellow seals against Islamic extremists.
Keating IV, 31, was advising and assisting Kurdish Peshmerga forces north of Mosul when ISIS launched an unexpected attack with a large force, including waves of suicide trucks. The Peshmerga were overrun and the seals rushed forward to protect their retreat. One of their vehicles was reportedly hit, injuring Keating. The forces later regrouped and retook the Christian town. Three Peshmerga soldiers were also killed. Air strikes and the counterattack reportedly killed scores of ISIS fighters.
Keating has a fiancée back in Coronado, California.
Keating IV’s grandfather, Charles Keating Jr., became the infamous face of the Savings and Loan scandal after his real estate company and its subsidiary, Lincoln Savings & Loan Association failed and ultimately cost the taxpayers $3.14 billion (and left 23,000 customers with worthless bonds). He drew even more infamy with his claims that the San Francisco regulators were likely “homos” who were “out to get him” for his strong moral views, including his long opposition to pornography.
The lending practices of the business led to the investigation of the “Keating Five” — five senators who were accused of intervening to help Keating maintain his fraudulent practices. The senators were Alan Cranston (Democrat of California), Dennis DeConcini (Democrat of Arizona), John Glenn (Democrat of Ohio), John McCain (Republican of Arizona), and Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (Democrat of Michigan).
Keating Jr. was eventually indicted on fraud and racketeering charges and served almost five years in prison. He died in 2014 at age 90.
Charlie Keating IV took a different path. He attended the Naval Academy before becoming a Navy SEAL. He was everything one expects from a Seal: brave, smart, selfless, and patriotic. The Keating family has had to deal with very difficult times but I cannot imagine coping with such a loss. Yet, the family can take solace in the fact that Charlie died rushing into combat to allow allied soldiers to retreat to safety. He died with his fellow Seals by his side. He died facing an enemy that threatens the very foundations of civilization and civil liberties. Though far too short, it was a life well lived.
33 thoughts on “Navy Seal Killed In ISIS Battle Was Grandson Of Infamous Banker Charles Keating Jr.”
Bill above this last one….the bill up in the feed. He was enlisted. But that doesn’t matter…what he was is a countryman sacrificed by a politician. You and me would never sacrifice him unless the war we declared …. ergo was to be won. And his pa never was a criminal…no court proved beyond a doubt he ever broke a law. Sure he “plead” guilty….who doesn’t? Besides hillarry..
But no one is going to throw the book,at her. I buy two vince foster cans a week. Bc we are obe as america.
The U.S. and some allies created Daesh — thanks in part to Hillary.
McCain is considered a traitor by many people & he is deathly afraid of MIA families – but ditching his first wife in order to marry the very wealthy daughter of a connected beer baron is also noteworthy.
The “vibrant” community imploded elsewhere. LOL! We’re doing fine here.
When I was in middle school, the stupidest, dullest, losers would call me “Nick Spaghetti.” And when my kids went to school, they had the same experience.
I don’t doubt it. Did you expect an argument from me?
bam bam, your typo will result in a generational curse by which your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren will be relinquished all their days to continual misspelling. Just imagine what your hubris will do!
Classy post, Fred.
“Fred” remind me of the old guard that used to populate this blog…They never missed an opportunity to denigrate the military. They are not missed.
Keating’s convictions were overturned and he later plead guilty to less charges and time served. Keating was a NCAA swimming champion and is the grandfather of Gary Hall, Olympic Champion.
Paid killer, working for the US corporate deep state.
Should’a stayed at home.
Part of the problem, not the solution.
Mission accomplished – my ass!
The Seal was part of the system that gives you cover for your garbage. He was also one who would have pulled you out without caring what you said. Well maybe caring enough that you might have a dislocated shoulder….hmmmm
But then again probably not. He has a sense of honor….
I am sorry to hear of the death of any young person who has much promise and life before them. I know this is a tragedy for his family and friends. Would just like to remind people he died fighting a war of choice. His choice, yes. More importantly a choice of our county’s leaders. Iraq was invaded by choice. It was sold to Americans by a political campaigne that highlighted intelligence meant to scare and ignored intelligence that questioned much of the scary data. Some intelligence and people in our security and military forces claim that ISIL is a creation of US clandestine resources and some of our allies. There are many reasons war are fought. I am convinced my country, the USA, is fighting for money and power. I wished more young people would refuse to join our country’s military/security forces until policies change.
Turley devoted a couple of paragraphs to ‘Grandpa” Keating. If it had only been a few words, no one would have objected. Unfortunately, he felt it was more important to call out the grandfather than to honor the grandson.
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