Brendan Looney and Travis Manion met as midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Brendan Looney and Travis Manion met as midshipmen
at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Travis’s father, Col. Tom Manion, and mother, Janet Manion, pin the bars signifying their son’s commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Travis’s father, Col. Tom Manion, and mother, Janet Manion,
pin the bars signifying their son’s commissioning
as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Travis Manion and U.S. Navy Ensign Brendan Looney stand shoulder to shoulder at their Naval Academy graduation on May 28, 2004, in Annapolis.  At the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the 990 graduates that they would play a key role in fighting the nation’s post-9/11 conflicts.

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Travis Manion and U.S. Navy Ensign Brendan Looney
stand shoulder to shoulder at their Naval Academy graduation on May 28, 2004, in Annapolis.
At the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
told the 990 graduates that they would play a key role in fighting the nation’s post-9/11 conflicts.

Amy and Brendan Looney are married on July 12, 2008.  Forty-eight hours later,
Brendan left for his second deployment to Iraq and his first as a Navy SEAL.Courtesy of Clay Blackmore

Amy and Brendan Looney are married on July 12, 2008. Forty-eight hours later,
Brendan left for his second deployment to Iraq and his first as a Navy SEAL.
Courtesy of Clay Blackmore

Travis opens his arms to the world during his 2005-06 deployment to Iraq.

Travis opens his arms to the world during his 2005-06 deployment to Iraq.

Brendan, carrying his .50 caliber sniper rifle, conducts combat operations in Afghanistan’s Zabul province in 2010.  In his pouch is a puppy that “Loon-Dog” and a fellow SEAL rescued from a local village.

Brendan, carrying his .50 caliber sniper rifle, conducts combat operations in Afghanistan’s Zabul province in 2010. In his pouch is a puppy that “Loon-Dog” and a fellow SEAL rescued from a local village.

Travis – an officer for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team (3-2-1 MiTT) – leads the response to a March 18, 2007 terrorist attack in Fallujah.  The heroic actions of Travis and his teammates resulted in two injured Iraqis being rescued from the rubble.

Travis – an officer for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team (3-2-1 MiTT) – leads the response to a March 18, 2007 terrorist attack in Fallujah. The heroic actions of Travis and his teammates resulted in two injured Iraqis being rescued from the rubble.

Even while missing his wife, parents, siblings, and friends,Brendan’s spirits remained high during his 2010 deployment to southeastern Afghanistan.

Even while missing his wife, parents, siblings, and friends,
Brendan’s spirits remained high during his 2010 deployment to southeastern Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, who served as Commandant of the Naval Academy while Travis and Brendan were midshipmen, presents Travis’s posthumous Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor to Tom and Janet Manion, along with Ryan, Dave, and Maggie Borek, during a 2008 Doylestown, Pennsylvania ceremony.  Allen would later be promoted to four-star general and go on to lead all U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, who served as Commandant of the Naval Academy while Travis and Brendan were midshipmen, presents Travis’s posthumous Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor to Tom and Janet Manion, along with Ryan, Dave, and Maggie Borek, during a 2008 Doylestown, Pennsylvania ceremony. Allen would later be promoted to four-star general and go on to lead all U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

A fellow SEAL pounds his trident into the casket of fallen U.S. Navy LT Brendan Looney at his October 4, 2010 burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.

A fellow SEAL pounds his trident into the casket of fallen U.S. Navy LT Brendan Looney
at his October 4, 2010 burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.

President George W. Bush hosts Janet and Tom Manion, along with Dave and Ryan Borek, in the Oval Office on October 29, 2007, six months to the day after Travis died while fighting to shield his teammates inside the Pizza Slice.  Janet brought a bag of Marine Corps Marathon

President George W. Bush hosts Janet and Tom Manion, along with Dave and Ryan Borek, in the Oval Office
on October 29, 2007, six months to the day after Travis died while fighting to shield his teammates inside
the Pizza Slice. Janet brought a bag of Marine Corps Marathon "Team Travis" gear and presented it to
the nation’s 43rd commander-in-chief.

President Barack Obama visits the graves of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney following his Memorial Day address on May 30, 2011.  A framed version of this photograph was subsequently placed in the West Wing of the White House.

President Barack Obama visits the graves of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney
following his Memorial Day address on May 30, 2011. A framed version of this photograph
was subsequently placed in the West Wing of the White House.

Maggie touches a plaque bearing her uncle’s name outside Manion Hall at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.  Manion Hall, which houses U.S. Marine officers training at The Basic School, was named in honor of Travis.

Maggie touches a plaque bearing her uncle’s name outside Manion Hall
at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Manion Hall, which houses U.S. Marine officers
training at The Basic School, was named in honor of Travis.

photo by Matthew Sileo Photography


photo by Matthew Sileo Photography

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