Brothers Forever | Washington Independent Review of BooksWhen best friends Travis Manion and Brendan Looney died defending their country, their families honored their unbreakable bond in the most profound of ways: by laying them to rest side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. On Memorial Day , Travis Manion, a newly commissioned Marine officer, went to cheer on his roommate and best friend, Brendan Looney, at the national lacrosse championship in Baltimore. It was an emotional afternoon. Three days earlier, both men had graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and now they expected to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The sacrifice, [which] you have learned by now, is part of the job description. Then, as today, we were a nation at war. That made Navy the sentimental favorite in the final against Syracuse University.
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Working under a deadline, I read Brothers Forever between assignments. The setting and the company of fellow veterans, all of whom, like me, had lost beloved comrades in battle, reinforced the message of the book. My fellow readers caught me with tears on my cheeks. Travis Manion and Brendan Looney were inseparable friends, more like brothers than buddies. They were roommates at the Naval Academy and graduated together in Manion died in combat in Iraq in April ; Looney was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in September
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Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two best friends and former roommates were now buried together--"brothers forever. Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war. Retired U. 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 when they served as midshipmen at the U. 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.