Lt. Brendan John Looney was among nine service members who lost their lives when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan.
Navy SEAL Looney, 29, is from Owings, Maryland. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 2004; while in the Academy, Looney was an All-American lacrosse player. A feature on NavySports.com remembers one of the Academy’s graduates.
The feature shared that after graduation from the Academy, Looney initially worked in the Navy intelligence community. He eventually asked for a transfer to the Navy SEALs, which was approved in 2006. He began BUD/S training in March, 2007, and was the “Honorman” for BUD/S Class 265. He graduated on June 22, 2008, and married his wife Amy three weeks later, on July 12. He was deployed to Iraq 2 days after the ceremony.
Brendan’s family shared words of remembrance with NavySports, describing him as “an honorable man,” and that “he was proud of serving his country and being where he was.” He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Maureen; wife, Amy; and siblings LT. Stephen Looney, LTJG Billy Looney, Bridget, Erin and Kellie.
There will be a public visitation for Brendan Looney on October 3, from 2 – 5 pm, at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. The funeral service will be on October 4 at St. John the Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Brendan Looney will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, next to 1st Lt. Trasvis Manion, his roommate at the Naval Academy, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007.