Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq to Be Promoted Posthumously

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Charles Keating IV (U.S. Navy via AP)
Charles Keating IV (U.S. Navy via AP)

The Navy says it is promoting the SEAL who was shot and killed by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq on May 3 to the rank of chief petty officer.

The announcement of the posthumous promotion for special warfare operator Charles Keating IV comes two days before his funeral in Coronado, California.

Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman, says Keating had been eligible to go before a promotion board this year. Christensen said that based on his evaluations and assignments there was good reason to believe he would have been promoted.

While the promotion will not affect pay or benefits, Keating will be able to be buried wearing his new rank.

Keating is the third U.S. service member to be killed in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.