It is perhaps but fitting that best buds who eventually became heroes are laid to rest next to each other.
In 2007, 26-year-old Marine Lt. Travis Manion of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was killed in Iraq. While there was undoubtedly much anguish as a result of his death, there was one person who was greatly affected: his best friend and roommate at the Naval Academy, Lt. Brendan Looney.
Upon Manion’s death, Lt. Looney told Manion’s mother that he was dedicating his SEAL training to his best friend’s memory, according to a feature on the Navy Times. And Looney, indeed, became a SEAL.
While it is sad that Looney, like Manion, seems to have been taken all too soon, there is a bit of consolation in the fact that these two heroes will now be buried side by side, where their shared traits of courage and heroism can be remembered at the same time.
Manion had been buried in Pennsylvania, but was reinterred on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. The service had in attendance Lt. Looney’s wife, parents and siblings, who held hands with Manion’s family.
On Monday, Lt. Looney will be buried beside his best friend.