John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone, 1913-1999, Camp Pendleton field cook during World War II, and wife of WWII hero and Medal of Honor winner Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone (1916-1945) | Women Marines Association #genealogy #military #veterans
John Basilone - He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines before joining the Marine Corps. In 1940 he joined the Marine Corps and after attending training was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Solomon Islands and eventually to Guadalcanal where he held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to two men. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima, after which he was posthumously honored with the Navy Cross.
I always liked this statue.....John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
the_ww2_memoirs US Marines of the 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, try to dig in or find whatever cover than can shortly after landing under heavy fire on Iwo Jima, 19th of February, 1945. The 5th Marines took excessive casualties during the entirety of the battle but took especially heavy losses during the initial landings. This was because they landed near the base of Mt.Suribachi, which the Japanese had dug into following their Fakukku tactics, making them very easy targets and…
John Basilone at Marine Headquarters, September 1943 "Marine Congressional Medal of Honor Hero Platoon Sergeant John Basilone, USMC, recently visited the Marine Headquarters at Washington, DC. Pl. Sgt. Basilone's home is Raritan, NJ. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty."" Orehovic captioned the photograph "My Hero."