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Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond Between a Marine and a Navy Seal That Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrificeby Thomas Manion
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Four weeks after Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama stood in Arlington National Cemetery to deliver his Memorial Day address. He extolled the heroism and sacrifice of the two men buried side by side in the graves before him: Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL. Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two former roommates and best friends were now buried togetherand#151;and#147;brothers forever.and#8221;
Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travisand#8217;s father, Marine Colonel Tom Manion (Ret.), tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generationand#8217;s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan's loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travisand#8217;s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendanand#8217;s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friendand#8217;s death and acts of heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.
"Retired U.S. Marine Colonel Manion and Sileo, editor of The Unknown Soldiers blog, deliver the tragic tale of the former's son Travis and Travis's friend Brendan Looney, who met in 2001 when they served as midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The men, both former football players, became best friends and roommates, although they eventually chose different military career paths: Manion joined the Marine Corps like his father; Looney opted to become a U.S. Navy SEAL. Travis Manion died on April 29, 2007, at age 26 ,while fighting in Iraq; Looney lost his life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010 at age 29. The moving story of these 'two American heroes,' Tom Manion writes, is 'representative of an entire young generation of men and women who answered the call to serve after the attacks of September 11, 2001.' This moving story is told well, albeit with the heavy use of reconstructed quotes, and it succeeds as a testament to the courage and dedication of two young men who are now buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery. Agent: E.J. McCarthy. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, two Naval Academy roommates made a solemn pledge to defend America.
On September 11, 2001, two Naval Academy roommates made a solemn pledge to defend America; twelve years later their sacrifice has come to define a generations devotion to country. Today, they are buried side-by-side, brothers forever.
About the Author
Tom Sileo is a nationally syndicated columnist and editor of The Unknown Soldiers blog, which Military.com named the best military blog run by a U.S. reporter in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.
Col. Tom Manion USMCR(Ret.) is an executive at Johnson and Johnson and Chairman Emeritus at the Travis Manion Foundation. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve after thirty years of honorable service. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
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