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Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone

  • Branch: Marines
  • Hometown/City: , CA
  • Date of Birth: 11-04-1916
  • Date of Death: 02-19-1945
  • Conflict: WWII
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  • John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the nation's highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. He was the only Marine enlisted man to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in World War II. He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940, claiming that the army "wasn't tough enough" and was deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and then to Guadalcanal where he held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to two other men. On the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima, he was killed in action, after which he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism. He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations, and a United States Navy destroyer.

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    Nothing more needs to be said, other than.... Semper Fi