Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Warrior's Farewell, Part 3: The SEALs Say Goodbye to Brendan Looney

This is the final installment of my report on the service at Arlington for brave Navy SEAL Brendan Looney. When the official service was over, the other SEALs filed forward to show their respects. One by one, they removed their treasured Tridents from their uniforms... and pounded them, with their fists, into Brendan Looney's casket. Afterwards, I counted some 82 Tridents. Rarely will anyone have the honor to witness such a beautiful display of brotherhood, respect, and love. I am humbled that the SEALs allowed my friend Jan and me to bear witness. These are the men who will rescue a prisoner from pirates on board the open sea, without harming so much as a hair on the captive's head. These are the men who will jump, in the pitch of night, into remote rough waters. These are the men who defend us with their very lives. They are among our nation's finest. Before you look at the photos, I ask that you take a moment to bow your head in gratitude.

The SEALS come forward. Photo by Susan Katz Keating


Photo by Susan Katz Keating

Photo by Jan Moury


Photo by Jan Moury


Photo by Jan Moury


Photo by Susan Katz Keating

18 comments:

BillT said...

Well Done, Mizz Susan.

Very Well Done...

Ponsdorf said...

I, for one, was well aware of this practice, but your presentation was/is just right. Thanks.

I'm not at all sure when the practice began. Might be a post for later?

Just now my mind is elsewhere, again thanks.

Susan Katz Keating said...

*Thank you,* Mr. T.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Pons-D, I did learn how this got started. Someone at the service told me the story. I will confirm the details, and will indeed post this at a later date.

JihadGene said...

Thank you.

AW1 Tim said...

Thank you indeed. God Bless all our shipmates, and those who go in harm's way on our behalf.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Katz,

It would behoove for you to exercise a little PERSEC (personnel security) and blur the photos of those operators

BillT said...

1. The SEALs gave permission for their pictures to be used.

2. When they go operational, their faces aren't going to look like they do in the pictures.

3. The people who would recognize them from those photos already know who they are and what they do.

The Constitutional Insurgent said...

That was awesome and humbling to read, thank you for posting this.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Thank you, C.I. : )

KF said...

First heard of this practice (and immediately lost peripheral vision discipline for a time) from Froggy:

http://froggyruminations.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_archive.html

http://froggyruminations.blogspot.com/2005/07/seal-memorial-at-punchbowl.html

Thank you for bearing witness.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Froggy,

Thank you for the kind words, and for the links to your evocative posts. Thank you for your service to our country.

KF said...

No no no, I'm not Froggy, I'm a broken down civilian who never took that sort of step. Sea Cadets was as far as I went.

Froggy is a retired SEAL and a certifiable bad mofo.

Don't mistake me for him, he's a better gent than I.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Heh. Been a long day.

Joke's even more on me. I sent Froggy an email telling him I appreciate him taking the time to comment, blah blah blah....

And I do appreciate YOUR comment.

Think it's time for that nap I've been promising myself...

Bridget said...

Hi Susan

I am Bridget Looney...Brendan Looney's sister. I was wondering if I could get a hold of the photos you took from Brendan's services.

Let me know please of this could work

Thanks

Bridget Looney

Susan Katz Keating said...

Hi Bridget, Yes, absolutely. Anything you need - it's yours. My very best wishes and condolences to you and your family. Thank you all for your service to our country - because, as you well know, the families also serve. Some of these pictures were taken by my friend Jan. I will email her and let her know you got in touch. You can email me at
Skeating428@aol.com, and tell me where to send them.

Marine Mom said...

I found this story when it was posted on the Boys of 3/5 page. The administrator posted it to explain how the SEALs honor their dead. I am choked up and barely able to write this but I had to say thank you SKK from the bottom of my heart.

Grama said...

The next time I VISIT AELENTON i WILL VISIT THESE MENS GRAVES AND THAHK THEM. THEY ARE REAL HEROS i PRAY FOR THE FAMILYS THAT have peace. grama to all service men