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

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

by Tom Sileo, Tom Manion

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ISBN-13: 9780306822384
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 183,994
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tom Sileo is senior editor of The Stream. He is a former syndicated columnist and founder of The Unknown Soldiers blog. He lives in Georgia.
Colonel Tom Manion, USMC (Ret.), is chairman emeritus of the Travis Manion Foundation. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword General John Allen, VSMC (Ret.) ix

Prologue: Just Another Day 1

1 Call to Arms 7

2 Earn It 27

3 Taking a Stand 49

4 "If Not Me, Then Who…" 63

5 No Greater Honor 81

6 The Pizza Slice 109

7 The War Comes Home 133

8 Live Forever 153

9 Honor Man 165

10 Maggie's Prayer 185

11 Moving Forward 199

12 Mission 59 211

13 No Regrets 229

14 Warriors for Freedom 247

Epilogue: Maggie and Honors Pledge 257

Acknowledgments Colonel Tom Manion, USMC (Ret.) 263

Notes 267

Index 269

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Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Regis_Schilken More than 1 year ago
Brothers Forever Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion   The bond between sister and brother or brother and brother can indeed be strong and enduring. In my mind, it is so profound and powerful that one person would readily sacrifice his/her life for the other if necessary.   In Brothers Forever, two young men who are not biological brothers achieve a deep longstanding friendship that follows them to their graves. The bond between them grew during years of intensive training through the Naval Academy. Both continued to serve in the US military. What makes Brothers Forever so fascinating is that one hero had trained as a US Marine, the other as a Navy SEAL.   The battle for the city of Fallujah in Iraq claimed a host of civilian lives and those of Iraqi and US soldiers. It is hard to imagine how Marine Travis Manion endured the heat of battle dressed in full protective military gear in a geographical area where the heat of day could easily climb well over one hundred degrees.    The mental and physical duress must have been terrific when Manion and his squad found themselves pinned down in their broiling Humvees in one of the narrow alleys of Fallujah. Desperately, they needed to eliminate the snipers who had the advantage of shooting down from roof tops or windows high above the bullet riddled Humvees.    Using their vehicle as a barricade, the men climbed out to take positions behind it so they could engage the snipers if only they could spot them. In an effort to draw fire hoping to expose the hidden shooters, for a few seconds, Manion moved a few feet out into the open. Shortly after, another Marine looked toward Manion and “…confronted an image that would stay with him for the rest of his life.” ----- Several years later and miles away in Afghanistan, Navy Seal Brendan Looney flew in a helicopter for his fifty-ninth combat mission toward a high mountain landing area. Ready to jump from the lowering copter, the SEALs had unhooked their safety belts. They wore all their protective military gear, carried their weapons and were ready to leap to the ground. “Suddenly, a terrible, piercing sound stunned everyone aboard the helicopter …!”    Although three years separated their deaths, Brendan Looney and Travis Manion were buried together in Arlington National Cemetery. Brothers Forever gives readers a thorough reenactment of how these brave men died and why they were interred together. In a positive way, it summarizes their lives and also gives readers a glimpse of the mental obligation to their country these two men experienced only two days after the collapse of the Twin Towers.   If you are a person seeking insight into what our young men and women go through serving militarily in a foreign land, read Brothers Forever. This book will grab your interest from its first few pages. For example, on page three, it tells that after a violent explosion, “…two Americans flew out of an armored Humvee and landed on the street.” The vehicle had struck an IED (improvised explosive device).   In Brothers Forever, you will discover how true heroes think—defending freedom is a true American ideal even if it means helping foreign peoples achieve it.   I would highly recommend this book to all, particularly high school students and collegians, who might be thinking of serving their country like the two heroes, Brendan Looney and Travis Manion who stared death in the face. Surely, they will find the book deeply moving, inspiring, and maybe just a bit troubling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about their story in a Parade magazine article over memorial day weekend, and soon aftrr read this. It is a moving story about the sacrifice of two friends, a marine and a navy SEAL. I highly recommend it. Support our troops and remember to thank them for defending our nation. ~God bless America~
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and heartbreaking Did I enjoy this book: This book is both inspirational and heartbreaking. It should be mandatory reading for every freedom-loving American. Brothers Forever shows us the meaning of the saying “freedom isn’t free.” This is a story of honor, family, patriotism, and sacrifice. For First Lieutenant Travis Manion and Lieutenant Brendan Looney, serving their country and protecting freedom is a passionate calling – one that costs both of them their lives. My favorite part is when Brendan is on the phone with his wife who is feeling overwhelmed managing the finances, the dogs, and a full-time job. Brendan asks her, “Did anyone try to shoot you today?” That really put life into perspective for me. The next time you want to complain about your country, government, job, or whatever, think about Travis and Brendan. Remember their heroism and sacrifice. And be grateful.   Would I recommend it: Absolutely. It should be mandatory reading for every freedom-loving American. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tribute to our fighting men; the Naval Academy; and the families who suffer such great losses.
eyoung9 More than 1 year ago
Brothers Forever is an exceptional book, powerfully written, well researched with American values of honor, family and service at its core.  I recommend this riveting book to anyone who cares deeply about America.   With each page turn I continued to wish for a different outcome.  Captivating and tragic this is a story of hope and dreams; for a future beyond this time....  to a place and time where leading a nation into democracy can be accomplished by brotherhood, caring and love.       
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story about two true Patriots!  These brothers in arms and best friends have such an incredible story.  I'm not even from a military background and this book just spoke to me.  They both came from normal, All-American families and could have been any boy down the street.  All Americans should read this book not only to see the true sacrifice of the military and their families, but their incredible resiliency in the face of unbelievable tragedy.  If you love this country ... you will love this book.
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Moving story about friendship, war and the affect it has on people left at home.Great book......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 have been anxiously waiting for this book to release. I have had the pleasure of meeting Tom Manion and the family of Travis Manion as well as the wife of Brendan Looney at the "If Not Me Then Who" 2013 Gala where I took photos. This book was very emotional and portrayed the bond and brotherhood that was formed between these two men and the courage they had. This book was beautifully written and I will gladly encourage anyone to read it. My boyfriend is deployed at the moment and I will be sending him a copy of this book. This book and the Travis Manion foundation has forever touched my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional to the extent that every page had me in tears. Some of my emotions were from the extreme patriotism these fine young Americans exhibited by giving their lives for our country, and some of my emotions were for those who loved them and had to struggle thru the aftermath of bringing them home on their final journey yet, those left to mourn, are just beginning a new journey. I can relate as I am a surviving Vietnam veteran who volunteered for many of the same reasons. Also, I am a dear friend of 1st Lt. Jared Landaker USMC and his family. Jared was shot down while flying a mission over anbar province with six others on-board a CH-46 on February 7, 2007. I have spent countless hours even eleven years later, helping the landaker family endure the pain of their loss. They have also started a foundation called the "Seven Stars foundation" in honor of the 7 who perished that fateful day. There are many commonalities to both of these stories. I wish this book was required reading in every high school across our country.
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lakraft More than 1 year ago
While this book took me 3 tries and many days to complete it I can say that I am glad I took the time to finish this. The book gives you a deeper look into military and what these brave men and women do daily to protect us. I know that this was a hard book for me to finish just because of the emotions that run throughout this book. So sad yet on the other hand too many people are killed daily in the line of duty to protect and serve. This just helps open your eyes to it in a very real and emotional way. I truly feel for any family that has to endure what Travis and Brendans familys gave for our country. Such a touching tribute to two great and caring souls that gave their all to protect us. Thank you!!
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