Family and friends were amazed at the public’s reaction when they gathered to pay their respects at fallen Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV’s funeral on Friday.
Hundreds lined the streets of the Coronado, California, to honor Keating, who was killed in Iraq on Tuesday as he assisted Kurdish Peshmerga forces north of Mosul. He was part of a team that moved in on May 3 to rescue U.S. military advisers battling over 100 Islamic State militants in a large-scale attack.
Coronado Police and California Highway Patrol officers lead the funeral procession on Friday where hundreds of people lined the streets for nearly seven blocks holding American flags and posters honoring Keating and his service to our country, according to the Navy Times.
Patriot Guard Riders saluted the Keating’s casket when it arrived at the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church.
More than 1,000 people attended a memorial ceremony on Thursday during which the fallen SEAL was posthumously awarded a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Ribbon for his heroic actions, according to Lt. Beth Teach, a Navy SEALs spokeswoman.
“He gave his life to protect his brothers,” Keating’s younger brother, Billy, who is also a SEAL, told those in attendance on Friday.
Keating quietly wed Brooke Clark shortly before he deployed and the couple had planned a traditional wedding ceremony in November.
He had served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before his untimely and tragic death.
Keating was the third service member killed in direct combat in Iraq since 2014, when U.S. returned forces there.
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