The Hero of Bloody Ridge

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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. He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines before joining the Marine Corps in 1940. After attending training, Basilone deployed to Guantánamo 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 other 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. He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations and a United States Navy destroyer.

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  1. Magnifacent7
    Magnifacent7 Oct 22, 2011

    Read about him in the book "The Pacific". He was certainly a representative of the Greatest Generation.

  2. Poolee-2618
    Poolee-2618 May 16, 2012

    Gy. Sgt. Basilone..... he is my favorite Marine..... deffinatly a very brave Marine....

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