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Brothers Forever

The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice

By Tom Sileo, By Tom Manion

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 together—“brothers forever.”

Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis's father, Colonel Tom Manion, USMCR (Ret.), tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation's sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq. From Travis's incredible bravery on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan's anguished SEAL training in the wake of his friend's death and later acts of heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of war and friendship.
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 & 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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