As Memorial Day weekend comes to a close most people will return to their daily routines tomorrow. For those who have lost a loved one in the military the meaning of Memorial Day is with them every day. In a new book out this month former Marine colonel Tom Manion shares the heartbreaking and inspiring story of his son Travis Manion, a US Marine and his friend Brendan Looney, a US Navy SEAL who died defending their country.
“Brothers Forever” by Colonel Tom Manion and Tom Sileo is the story of the unbreakable friendship of two young men who met at the Naval Academy and are now buried side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. Right from the beginning they became good friends and did almost everything together and when they graduated Manion joined the Marines and Looney opted for the Navy.
Travis was killed in April 2007 by a sniper’s bullet while patrolling the streets of Fallujah. Brendan was just about to begin his Navy SEAL training and was unable to attend his funeral but his death only made him more determined to carry on. In September 2010 Brendan died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan during his final mission.
“Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice” is the story of two American heroes with a shared passion for serving their country, selflessness and courage. It is a well written and gripping account of the lives of 1st Lt Travis Manion and Lt Brendan Looney and what compelled them to serve despite the dangers involved. The authors did an excellent job in balancing their biographies with detailed military battles and the anguish and pain their families have experienced.
This powerful book reinforces the belief that there are still young people out there who will put their needs aside and do what they feel is right. While it might bring back painful memories for those who have lost someone to war at least it serves to remind readers of the sacrifices still being made every day by the brave men and women of the military.
*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.