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Heather Reader
I am the daughter of Walter F Keating he served in Vietnam 67-68 as a LRRP/Ranger E51st Co he passed away on Dec 15 2014. Not a day went by that he did not think of his fellow LRRP brothers; may God bless all of you true heroes.

Walter F. Keating, 67, of Abington died on December 15, 2014, after being stricken at his home. He was born in Somerville, son of the late Walter and Marion (Lorrey) Keating and was raised and educated there. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served proudly in Vietnam as a member of E Company 51st Ranger Unit as a L.R.R.P. Walter was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Organization.

He was a history buff who read extensively on the military and he truly enjoyed watching the History Channel and its features on military conflicts. Walter had a long career at the South Postal Annex in Boston serving in the maintenance department until his retirement in 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret M. (Printy) Keating; and his children, James M. Keating of Abington, Heather A. Reader and her husband David of Whitman. He was the brother of Nancy C. Keating of Everett; and the brother-in-law of Elizabeth B. Printy of Abington. Also surviving are his grandsons, Timothy D. Reader, Daniel J. Reader and Jonathan M. Reader.

The family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate his life at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland, on Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Mission Church-Our Lady of Perpetual Help,1545 Tremont Street, Boston, on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery in W. Roxbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 463 Abington, MA 02351, For directions or to share a memory on his "Tributes" page,  visit   TRIBUTES.




County Inn & Suites Mall of America

Bloomington, Minnesota

 Everyone will enjoy the Bloomington-Mall of America area for the reunion since it is central to places our group plans to visit (Fort Snelling Cemetery, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, etc.). 

The Country Inn & Suites Mall of America is located directly across the street from the Mall of America, only a 5-minute walking distance via the new skyway that crosses over Killebrew Drive! 

The hotel offers complimentary hot, buffet style breakfast every morning from 6:00AM – 9:30AM (weekdays) and 6:00AM – 10:30AM (weekends).  Two restaurants are connected via hallway to the hotel as well: TGI Friday’s and IHOP.

Optional arrival/departure dates with pricing:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 thru Sunday departure, September 13, 2015

There are 10 handicapped rooms; 4 have roll in showers.

Rate:  $111.00 (Rate does not include 14.275% state and city taxes) for a King Suite with Sleeper Sofa or Standard Guest Room with 2 queens.

 **Guests may book 3 days prior to the arrival date, and 3 days post the departure date and will receive the same group rate.

The hotel’s direct line (952) 854-5555 and/or reservation line (800) 456-4000. Make reference to LRRP Ranger Reunion.

Click   HERE    for website where guests can book online.

You may also click the direct web address sbelow:

Room Details: 

Room types:

•Standard Guest Room with 2 Queen Beds OR

•King Suite; King Bed and a sofa sleeper

Included in your stay are the following amenities: 

* Free Parking

* Complimentary airport shuttle service is available 24-hours.

* Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mall of America at the top of every hour from 10AM to 11PM.

* Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet that consists of hot and cold cereal, fruit, yogurt, bread items and pastries, coffee, cocoa, milk, tea. There are a few hot items as well that include: freshly made waffles, either scrambled eggs or omelets, and sausage patties, daily.

* Complimentary wireless internet throughout the hotel

* Microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board in every room.

* The Mall of America is just across the street, a 5-minute walking distance via the brand new skyway that crosses over Killebrew Drive.

* Breakfast-To- Go is available complimentary if flights leave before 6am.

* The hotel has 2 pools and 2 hot tubs open until 11PM for those under the age 18 and Midnight for adults, 18 and over.

* 24-hour Fitness room

* 2 restaurants attached to the hotel by hallway: TGIFriday’s and a 24-hour IHOP (International House of Pancakes).

Stay tuned for further information.


U.S. Army Rangers Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and "esprit de corps" of the Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, my neatness of dress and care for equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers Lead The Way!

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying who shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I, here am I, send me."

Isaiah 6:8



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