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Brothers Forever chronicles a story that reflects the meaning of Memorial Day

Da Capo Press releases this month in time for Memorial Day the book, Brothers Forever, which chronicles the enduring bond between a marine and a Navy SEAL that transcended their ultimate sacrifice.

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In his 2011 Memorial Day address, the President of the United States extolled the courage and sacrifice of the two young 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 best friends and former roommates were now buried together -- "brothers forever."

Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis's father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation's sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan's loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory.

From Travis's heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan's anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend's death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever tells the story of friendship, family, and war.

  • Tom Sileo, co-author of Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond Between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice, is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist. He is a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and lives in Marietta, Georgia.
  • Colonel Tom Manion, USMCR (Ret.), co-author of Brothers Forever, is the father of First Lieutenant Travis Manion. He started his career in the Marine Corps, retiring after thirty years at the rank of colonel. He is chairman emeritus at the Travis Manion Foundation and lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.