SEAL Killed by ISIS Was Grandson of Disgraced Banker

Charles Keating IV died when fighters stormed base
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 1:23 AM CDT
SEAL Killed by ISIS Was Grandson of Disgraced Banker
Charles H. Keating Jr., seen here at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington in 1990, died in 2014 at the age of 90.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

The Navy SEAL killed in combat against ISIS on Tuesday had a name many Americans associate with financial scandal: Charles Humphrey Keating. The SEAL, Charles Keating IV, was the grandson of Charles Keating Jr., who served time in prison on fraud and racketeering charges for his role in the 1980s savings and loan scandal, NBC News reports. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Keating IV graduated from high school in Arizona in 2004 and graduated SEAL training in 2008. The 31-year-old was engaged to be married to Brooke Clark. Her employer, wine critic Robert Whitley, says she had planned to buy her wedding dress this week.

"When Charlie left IU to enlist and try to become a SEAL, I don't think it really surprised any of us," Keating IV's track coach at Indiana University said in a statement. "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." The Pentagon says Keating IV was killed when ISIS forces used bulldozers to break through a front line and attack the base in northern Iraq where he was serving as an adviser to Kurdish fighters. "He is our family hero in every sense of the word," cousin Elizabeth Ann Keating tells CNN, which notes that his namesake, great-grandfather Charles Keating, fought in World War I, while Keating Jr. was a Navy pilot in World War II. (More Iraq war stories.)

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