Funeral Arrangements Set For Navy Commander

A Navy commander, killed last week in the shooting at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, will be laid to rest Wednesday.

Commander Keith Springle served 21 years as a clinical social worker in the Navy. He and four other service members were killed Monday at the camp's combat stress center.

The Beaufort native's funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Munden Funeral Home Chapel in Morehead City. The commander will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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The Pentagon says a Navy commander stationed at Camp Lejeune was one of five people killed Monday, allegedly by an Army sergeant.

Before being deployed to Iraq, Commander Charles "Keith" Springle was director of the Camp Lejeune Community Counseling Center.

Sergeant John Russell is charged in the deaths of the five service members following a shooting in a stress clinic in Baghdad.

Springle, who went by his middle name Keith, attended East Carteret High School and was a psychologist.

Relatives tell WITN News that he lived in Jacksonville with his wife. They tell us Springle has a son who is a Marine and a son-in-law who is also in the military. Both had recently been through deployments to Iraq.

Alton Dudley is a cousin of Springle. Dudley says even though they share blood, it was growing up on Lewiston Street in Beaufort that forged an even stronger bond.

"It's heartbreaking, it's heartbreaking to see how needlessly his life was taken, especially when it was by a feller soldier. I watched him grow up as a kid. I was about nine years older than him and I watched him grow up, graduate from high school and go onto his career in the military. He lived a Huckelberry Fin life down here on the water. He came from a seafaring background as we all do. And we just, like the other kids, he was just a good kid. The world needs a lot more like him."

Bob Goodale with the Citizen Soldier Support Program says Springle's death is a shock to him and says it's a tremendous loss.

Goodale says Springle volunteered to train health professionals on how to help returning service members and their families.

Springle's father still lives in Beaufort.

Camp Lejeune says Commander Springle was assigned to the 55th Medical Company at Camp Liberty. He joined the Navy in 1988 and was trained as a licensed clinical social worker.

The Pentagon Wednesday released the names of the other four victims in the shooting at Camp Liberty.

Killed were:

Maj. Matthew Houseal, 54, of Amarillo, Texas. He was assigned to the 55th Medical Company, Indianapolis, Ind.;
Sgt. Christian Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany;
Spc. Jacob Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo. He was assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade, Waco, Texas; and
Pfc. Michael Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

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