IMO CPT Benjamin D. Keating

CPT Benjamin D. Keating, 27, of Shapleigh, Maine, died November 26, 2006 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his vehicle turned over while conducting mounted reconnaissance near Kamdesh. Keating was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.

He was born in Sanford, Maine on May 31, 1979. He attended Shapleigh, Maine schools and was a 1997 graduate of Massabesic High School. He was a member of the Springvale First Baptist Church where he was a youth leader and taught Sunday School. He aloso served his local community as a member of the local planning board from 2000-2002.

He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004 with a B.A. degree in history and the classics. He graduated magna cum laude and also participated in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program where he was a distinguished military graduate and a recipient of the Marshall Award. He has been inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.

Keating was commissioned into the regular Army following graduation. He planned on serving fours years of active duty and then entering law school.

In July 2004 he was commissioned and completed the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky., and was assigned to Fort Drum in December 2004. His first assignment was as platoon leader for B Troop, 3-71 Cavalry from December 2004 until November 2005.

Keating deployed to Afghanistan with his unit as part of Task Force Spartan in February 2006. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V' Device, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge. His final rank was Captain.

A service was held at the Springvale First Baptist Church in Springvale, Maine on December 6, 2006. Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery in Springvale.

The small base that he served on was renamed "Outpost Keating". The base would soon be recognized as the location of one of the fiercest battles of the long Afghan war - the Battle of Kamdesh. Two members of the military would be awarded the Medal of Honor for the battle at Outpost Keating.

Websites Honoring 1LT Benjamin Keating

Obituary, Maine Sunday Telegram.

Legacy Guestbook

Obituary Carll-Heald and Black Funeral Home.

University of New Hampshire Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The Summit Project

Find a Grave

News Articles About 1LT Benjamin Keating

December 27, 2012. "The Slab". Foreign Policy.

February 22, 2007. "Army renames base in honor of late soldier". Press Herald.

January 11, 2007. "Fallen hero honored with camp dedication". Fort Drum Mountaineer Online.

December 6, 2006. "Services Scheduled For Soldier Killed in Afghanistan". WMTW News.

November 29, 2006. "Fort Drum Soldier dies in Afghanistan vehicle rollover". Fort Drum News Release.

November 29, 2006. "DoD Identifies Army Casualty". DefenseLink News Release.

November 28, 2006. "UNH Graduate Killed in Afghanistan War". Sun Journal.

November 28, 2006. "UNH Graduate Killed In Afghanistan". WBZ TV.

November 28, 2006. "Statement on the Death of 1st Lieutenant Benjamin D. Keating". Office of Representative Tom Allen.


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