Remembering Fallen Navy Seal SEAL Charles Keating IV on 9/11

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With the anniversary of 9/11 a few weeks away, the release of Charles Keating IV's biography ‘Charlie, Don’t Be a Hero’ is timely: it was that horrific attack on the United States that led him to join the service to become a Navy SEAL – a decision that eventually led to his death at the hands of Islamic State Militants in May 2016

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It is about real people living real lives and making great sacrifices...it’s about the making and molding of a true hero, and it is about the strength that comes from faith and family which enables one to survive the unthinkable.

With the anniversary of 9/11 a few weeks away, the release of a biography ‘Charlie, Don’t Be a Hero’ is timely – since it was that horrific attack on the United States that led Charles Keating IV to join the service to become a Navy SEAL, and a decision that eventually led to his death at the hands of Islamic State Militants in Iraq in May of 2016.

The book was written by his Gold Star Mother, award-winning author Krista Keating-Joseph, along with Colonel Will G. Merrill, Jr. (retired) -- who authored the award-winning ‘9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes.‘

Both Keating-Joseph and Merrill are available to talk about how families can cope with the loss of a loved one while she shares the stories about her son’s fun and adventurous childhood and the events that led him to become a Navy SEAL.

Decorated U.S. Navy Pilot Richard (Dick) Stratton says there is “something for everyone” in the book.

“It is about real people living real lives and making great sacrifices,” Stratton said. “It’s about the making and molding of a true hero, and it is about the strength that comes from faith and family which enables one to survive the unthinkable.”

While she has written several children’s books in honor of her son, Keating-Joseph said she realized that many adults mourning the loss of a close family member could benefit from her sharing a fuller story about her son’s life.

“My main hope is that this book will provide help for parents coping with the loss of a child,” she said. “I’m keeping my son’s memory alive, but also want to honor all parents who have lost a child.”

Keating-Joseph, who previously published four children’s books about her son – with one receiving a Royal Palm Literary Award in the Children’s Category in 2017 -- has been featured in interviews on national TV and radio, and local and regional media.

If you would like to schedule a phone, ZOOM or in-studio interview with Krista, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Also, email Ron Whittington at ron@whittingtonpr.com for a review copy of 'Charlie, Don't Be a Hero': A Mother's Story of the Extraordinary Life of Her Son, U.S. Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV.’

About Krista Keating-Joseph

Children’s book author Krista Keating-Joseph is the mother of fallen Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, who was killed while fighting ISIS in Iraq in May 2016. To cope with the tragedy, and to honor her son’s memory, she resurrected a story she had started on her son years before and published Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile in 2017. Illustrated by her mother, Phyllis Holmes, the book is based on the true story of how her son overcame his small size to compete against bigger boys in track – with the moral that hard work pays off. The daughter/mother team published Big-Hearted Charlie Never Gives Up later the same year, winning a Royal Palm Literary Award in the Children’s Category. She released her first non-fiction book about her son, Charlie Don’t be a Hero in 2020. She currently resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband Ron, and Charlie’s sister, Ali. For more information, visit https://kristakeatingjoseph.com/.

About Col. (ret.) Will G. Merrill Jr.

Col. (ret.) Will Merrill Jr.’s first book, '9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes- NYC, The First Battle in the War Against Terror!' was based on 60 interviews of FDNY firefighters, NYC police, and civilians, including Mayor Rudy Giuliani and NYC Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano. The book was selected as Book of the Year in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest and also in the military_writers.com contest. His second book, 'Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes- Afghanistan and Iraq' won First Place, History in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest. He joined Krista Keating-Joseph to co-write the non-fiction book, 'Charlie Don’t be a Hero.' Colonel Merrill is a West Point graduate and a 31-year Army veteran having served tours in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Greece. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For more information, visit his amazon author site.

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