Looney Family Statement; Information About Lt. Looney

"For every Nimitz, Halsey and McArthur, there is a Brendan Looney. Only because they were lost too young before having the opportunity to reach that level of greatness are people like Brendan Looney not instantly recognizable names. There is no doubt in my mind that Brendan was on his way to reaching that level. His loss is deeply felt by those who knew him. Our hope is that the void we feel in our hearts will be filled with the light and hope by which he lived his life." Richie Meade (head coach of the Navy lacrosse team)

"Brendan was a strong, steady presence for everyone. Whatever needed to be done you could always count on him to make it happen. He led by example and he inspired others to make a difference. When Travis returned from his first tour to Iraq he spoke with Brendan, who shared his frustration with not being more engaged with our efforts. Shortly thereafter, Travis informed me that Brendan was accepted into the Navy SEAL training program and he knew immediately that Navy SEALs had just gotten an incredible leader. I could tell how proud Travis was of Brendan when he shared this story with me.

"Unfortunately, Travis didn't return home from his second tour to Iraq, but I know he was looking down proudly as Brendan went on to become BUD/S Class 265 Honorman during his SEAL training course and complete several successful tours defending our freedoms.

"Our country has lost a great leader but we've gained an incredible example of courage and commitment for future generations to come. Brendan and Travis are back together again, true patriots who believed in this country. They are of the same cloth: Warriors for Freedom, Brothers Forever." Col. Tom Manion, USMCR (Ret.) (father of Travis Manion)

To many, Brendan will be thought of as a member of the elite Navy SEALs, a standout lacrosse player and Naval Academy graduate. But to his family, he will always be known as a proud son, protective older brother and doting husband.

"Brendan did what he loved, and he wouldn't have it any other way. His memory will live on with each of us. He was my best friend and the love of my life. He was a hero who inspired more people than he will ever know," said wife Amy.

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2010-09-25



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