Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 7, 2013

Wednesday Hero: GySgt. John Basilone

GySgt. John BasiloneGySgt. John Basilone
U.S. Marines 21 years old from Raritan, New Jersey
Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division
November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines’ defensive positions, Sgt. Basilone, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machine guns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. Basilone’s sections, with its gun crews, was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. Basilone, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

GySgt. Basilone was killed helping to guide a tank to safety that was trapped in a mine field under heavy mortar and artillery barrages during the invasion of Iwo Jima.You can read more about GySgt. Basilone and his amazing bravery here

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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  1. Gunny John Basilone was a true Marine hero, a legend, and only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.

    Semper Fi…

    • It amazes me how many heroes we’ve never heard of. That’s why I share this column. As often as not, they were ordinary people asked to do the impossible. They stepped up.


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