Frmr Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw's Memorial Day Story Is Going Viral


Rep. Dan Crenshaw is an American hero. He is no stranger to sacrifice for the sake of country.

In honor of Memorial Day, Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, tweeted a story about his close friends who lost their lives serving America.

At last count, Crenshaw’s tweet thread had almost 50,000 likes and over 15,000 retweets.

Crenshaw’s story begins with Brendan Looney. Looney first deployed with Crenshaw with SEAL Team 3. Crenshaw notes that Looney was a husband, son and brother.

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“Be strong. Be accountable. Never complain,” Crenshaw wrote about Looney.

Next, Crenshaw spoke of Pat Feeks. Using military jargon for “joint terminal air controller” — the ground fighter who coordinates with close air support — Crenshaw recalled that Feeks was one of “the best JTACs out there” and the “Best story teller I ever met.”

Dave Warsen was next in Crenshaw’s tale of American heroes. Warsen was the “strongest guy in the platoon and also the happiest.” Crenshaw wrote that he and Warsen spent a lot of time together in Afghanistan where they sometimes played volleyball on courts that were “half sand, half rock.”

Crenshaw then tweeted about his roommate, Kevin Ebbert. According to Crenshaw, Ebbert was “one of the smartest, most capable, kindest SEALs I ever knew.” He was also a talented medic and committed husband.

Brad Cavner was “cool, collected and a great operator,” wrote Crenshaw. Crenshaw credited Cavner with teaching him how to shoot left-handed after the loss of his right eye. “It’s all about the Brotherhood,” said Crenshaw.

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The most motivating and entertaining guy in Crenshaw’s class was Brett Marihugh, according to Crenshaw’s series of tweets. Marihugh “told stories for hours” about his days as a police officer. He pretended to be a medic to sneak into the hospital in Afghanistan to see Crenshaw after the IED wound.

Lastly, Crenshaw recounted how Charles Keating IV, aka “Chuck Heavy,” sacrificed his life to protect his team. Keating was a Navy Cross recipient and, as Crenshaw put it, an epic hero.

Taken together, these short snapshots amount to a story of heroism every American should be grateful for.

It is stories like these that remind the free people of the nation why we celebrate Memorial Day. There has been great pain, priceless sacrifice, epic courage and unparalleled brotherhood that paved the way for our freedoms.

We must always remember those who defended our nation.

A patriot like Crenshaw deserves a huge debt of gratitude not only for his sacrifice but for reminding us all what the faces of our heroes look like.

Let us never forget.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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