Keith Lauth, United States Marine Corps, Corporal
Keith grew up in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1989. Keith joined the US Marine Corps on June 6, 1989. After completing Basic Training in San Diego and Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton California, Keith went on to Marine Aircraft Life Support System Technician (Parachute Rigger) School in Lakehurst New Jersey.
Keith joined the Fleet Marine Force via Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164, Marine Air Group 16, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Tustin California in the Flight Equipment Shop.
Keith’s first deployment was with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) aboard the USS Okinawa LPH 3. June 1990 - April 1991. During that deployment, the 13th MEU(SOC) took part in all three phases of the 1st Gulf War. Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Saber.
Keith’s second deployment was with the 15th MEU(SOC) aboard the USS Tripoli LPH 10. September 1992 – April 1993. The 15thMEU(SOC) spearheaded Operation Restore Hope in the Country of Somalia.
During Keith’s 5 years active duty, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal 2nd Award, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal 3rd award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 2nd award, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait Liberation (Kuwait).
Keith was Honorably Discharged from active service on June 6th, 1994. Since leaving the service Keith has been teaching scuba diving for the past 24 years as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Also, numerous construction trades most notably as a HVAC Technician. Keith currently works for Ripon College as the Operations Manager overseeing the Maintenance, and Housekeeping Departments.
Keith is a Life Member of Post 1163 Beaver Dam. Over the past 12 years in the VFW Keith has run the Chairs at the Post Level his last year as Commander he achieved All State and All American in 2015-2016. Keith has also run the Chairs at the District Level this being his second year as District Commander.
Keith is married to his lovely wife Cindy and has two daughters Emily (23) and Chloe (12). They reside in Beaver Dam.