IMO LT Benjamin D. Keating

 

Ben Keating in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Benjamin D. Keating, 27, of Shapleigh, Maine, died November 26 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his vehicle turned over.  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.

Keating was commissioned into the regular Army following graduation 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.  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.


Websites Honoring 1LT Benjamin Keating.

1st Lt. Benjamin D. Keating.  Patriot Guard Riders.

Army 1st Lt. Benjamin D. Keating.  Honor the fallen, Military Times.

Benjamin D. Keating.  Obituary, Maine Sunday Telegram.

Legacy Guestbook for Ben Keating.

1st Lt. Benjamin D. Keating.  Faces of the Fallen, Washington Post.

CPT Benjamin Keating Obituary.  Carll-Heald and Black Funeral Home.

University of New Hampshire Army and Air Force ROTC Hall of Fame.

 


News Articles About 1LT Benjamin Keating.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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