Looney, Manion now side-by-side at Arlington National Cemetery (updated with 2nd video)


Lt. Brendan Looney, a Navy SEAL and former standout lacrosse player at the Naval Academy, was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery next his best friend, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion. Looney, 29, was one of nine service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21.

Looney and Manion were roommates at the Naval Academy, where they were members of the class of 2004. Like Looney, Manion was an athlete at the academy, where he wrestled. In 2007, Manion was killed by a sniper in Iraq.

Manion was laid to rest in Pennsylvania. But upon hearing the news of Looney’s death, each family realized that Manion should be moved to Arlington. On Friday, he was reburied at Arlington. Yesterday, Looney was was laid to rest next to him.

“First Lieutenant Travis Manion, USMC, Lieutenant Brendan Looney, United States Navy. Warriors for freedom, brothers forever,” Manion’s father, Tom, told the mourners.

CBS News covered the ceremony and spoke to the families of each service member. Give yourself a couple minutes and watch this. It will be the most moving thing you see today. Update: NBC’s coverage of Looney’s funeral has been added below the CBS video.




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