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.