Soldiers, Best Friends, Buried Side-by-Side

Two who were like brothers reunited in Arlington National Cemetery
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2010 11:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Travis Manion and Brendan Looney grew to love each other like brothers when they roomed together at the Naval Academy for two years. But when they went their separate ways, Manion to Iraq and Looney to Afghanistan, their families never dreamed the friends’ reunion would take place at Arlington National Cemetery. That’s where they were buried side-by-side yesterday, CBS News reports.

Manion, shot and killed by a sniper in 2007, was originally buried near Philadelphia. But when Looney was killed in a helicopter crash less than two weeks ago, the families knew immediately that the friends should be buried together. Manion was moved to Arlington, and Looney was buried next to him yesterday. "I'll be at peace knowing that he's with his brother, together," says Manion’s mom. "I know that's where he wants to be."
(Read more American soldiers stories.)

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