About Miguel Keith

As a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, operating with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam, a severly wounded LCPL Keith was mortally wounded when he braved concentrated hostile fire to charge an estimated twenty-five enemy soldiers who were massing to attack.   His actions contributed to the success of his platoon in routing a numerically superior enemy force.

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About ESB-5

The future USS Miguel Keith is the third ship of the Lewis B. Puller class of Expeditionary Staging Bases.  Miguel Keith was originally operated by the Military Sealift Command and is being commissioned to allow the U.S. Navy greater operational flexibility.

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The Commissioning

In May 2021, at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, California the Commissioning Ceremony and events surrounding it will commemorate the legacy of Miguel Keith and welcome the ship that bears his name into the active fleet of the United States Navy.

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We need your help

The Commissioning Ceremony itself is fully funded by the Navy.  However the commemorative events surrounding the commissioning are sponsored by the Navy League of the United States, San Diego Council.  Your contributions will enable us to conduct these celebratory events that honor the ship, her crew and reflect pride in the honor, courage and commitment of Miguel Keith.