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As If You Needed Another Reason To Support Pro-American Candidates In Three Weeks

Posted on | October 10, 2010 | 30 Comments

by Smitty

A SEAL funeral features something unique:

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Susan Katz Keating attending the funeral of Brendan Looney at Arlington on the 4th of October. She captured the moment with her powerful photograph above and her haunting words: “Until the day I die, I never will forget the sight and sounds of 82 SEALS removing the Tridents from their uniforms and one by one, pounding them into the coffin with their fists. Brendan Looney, RIP”

The USNI Blog post continues:

In April of 2007 1st Recon Battalion’s Lt. Travis Manion was killed on patrol in Iraq. He was buried near his hometown in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Three years later, on the 21st of September, Travis’ best friend, Navy Special Warfare’s Lt. Brendan Looney was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Now these two best friends, college athlete standouts, Naval Academy roommates and American warriors have been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, together.

I don’t even begin to qualify physically to go to BUDS. While the physical conditioning and training level would be fun and exciting to attain, you simply have to feel a calling to something like the SEALs, something I never truly have.
When you are around these special forces types of various flavors, the ones to respect the most are the ones who say the least. The SEALs tend toward silence.


30 Responses to “As If You Needed Another Reason To Support Pro-American Candidates In Three Weeks”

  1. JeffS
    October 10th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    An excellent post, smitty. Thank you.

    Too bad “nice venn” had to get defensive over the definition of “Pro-American”. Is that a guilty conscience I’m seeing?

  2. Rjocl12
    October 10th, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    NV, please take your diatribe and go home. This article was a nice tribute to two fallen Americans who understood the price of freedom and paid it in full.

    Please understand that while I support your right to an opinion on matters, this is neither the time or the place for you to bring your issues up for discussion. As Smitty said, you have hijacked this discussion for the purpose of political diatribe, which was apparent to me from the first words you uttered in this discussion, which were deliberately aimed at starting something so you could toss your political viewpoints out to the rest of us. Your actions do speak well of you and do nothing to give your position credibility or to persuade others to give consideration to your point of view.