Basilone file photo [2015]

John Basilone

SurnameBasilone
Given NameJohn
Born4 Nov 1916
Died19 Feb 1945
CountryUnited States
CategoryMilitary-Ground
GenderMale

Contributor:

ww2dbaseGiovanni "John" Basilone was born in Buffalo, New York, United States. Between 1934 and 1937, he was an enlisted man in the United States Army based in the Philippine Islands, and upon his return he picked up the nickname "Manila John". He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1940. In 1942, he was sent to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, where he made himself known as a fearless warrior at Henderson Field during a Japanese counterattack led by Major Generals Kawaguchi and Nasu. Leading a weapons company of the First Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, he was equipped with a 100-pound Browning heavy machine gun. He carried the heavy gun for 30 yards to set up a strongpoint so that the other two guns nearby, both jammed, could have time to recover and reload. "Basilone had a machine gun on the go for three days and nights without sleep, rest or food," fellow Marine Nash Phillips remembered (and exaggerated, as the Japanese attack did not last nearly as long). By the time the Japanese attack ceased, the three Browning guns had used up 125 belts of ammunition, with only one to spare. For his personal valor at Guadalcanal, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by General Vandegrift in May 1943.

ww2dbaseOn D-Day just beyond the landing beach designated "Red Beach II" at Iwo Jima, Basilone tried to lead a rifle unit to take out a Japanese gun emplacement. "Come on, you guys, we gotta get these guns off the beach", he yelled, as recalled by others who survived. A few seconds later, out of nowhere, a mortar shell landed near him and struck him down.

ww2dbaseSources:
James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers
Dan van der Vat, The Pacific Campaign
Wikipedia

John Basilone Timeline

4 Nov 1916 John Basilone was born in Buffalo, New York, United States.
3 Sep 1943 John Basilone arrived in New York, New York, United States.
6 Sep 1943 John Basilone began a bond tour in the New York City region of the United States.
9 Sep 1943 John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in Newark, New Jersey, United States.
10 Sep 1943 John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States.
18 Sep 1943 John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in Scanton, Pennsylvania, United States.
19 Sep 1943 John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in his home town of Raritan and the neighboring town of Somerville in New Jersey, United States.
6 Dec 1943 John Basilone arrived in New York, New York, United States and prepared for the bond drive event that was to take place on the following day, which was the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
27 Dec 1943 John Basilone departed for Camp Pendleton, California, United States.
13 Jan 1944 John Basilone was assigned to the 21st Infantry Regiment of the newly formed but not yet activated US 5th Marine Division.
3 Jul 1944 John Basilone re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
7 Jul 1944 John Basilone and Lena Mae Riggi completed the application for a marriage certificate.
10 Jul 1944 John Basilone married Sergeant Lena Mae Riggi at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Oceanside, California, United States.
19 Feb 1945 John Basilone passed away.

Photographs

Basilone, recipient of the Medal of Honor, May 1943MGen A. Vandegrift, Col M Edson, 2Lt M. Paige, and Plt. Sgt. J. Basilone at US 1st Marine Division Medal of Honor ceremony, Balcombe, Australia, 21 May 1943, photo 1 of 2MGen A. Vandegrift, Col M Edson, 2Lt M. Paige, and Plt. Sgt. J. Basilone at US 1st Marine Division Medal of Honor ceremony, Balcombe, Australia, 21 May 1943, photo 2 of 2John Basilone at US Marine Corps headquarters, Washington DC, Sep 1943
See all 12 photographs of John Basilone



Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook  Reddit
 Twitter  Digg
 Google+  Delicious
 StumbleUpon  


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds



Visitor Submitted Comments

1. William Carlisle says:
25 Jan 2010 10:52:38 AM

I wish I could have meet Mr. Basilone. What a fine man. Uuuuh RAH.
2. Harold Brodsky says:
20 Feb 2011 10:50:41 PM

One of the greatest American heroes ever.
3. Kerry Fryer says:
6 Jun 2011 11:08:59 AM

one of the best military personel in world history thank him for his services.
4. Larry Hermes says:
26 Nov 2012 08:34:02 PM

GySgt Basilone's accomplishments were a major part of the Ken Burns documentry, The Pacific. It is a strong statement when a US Navy ship, a bridge, and a highway are named after you. Plus a statue of you in your home town.
5. Charley Dondawell says:
12 Feb 2013 07:45:37 AM

No offense to Mr. Basilone, but, he didn't pass away, he was killed by a mortar.
6. pamela j. "p.j." cardenas says:
30 Jun 2013 01:20:48 PM

All vets are heros,but this hero is on top of the hill of heros. !!!!. Why has there not been a bio movie made about this incrediable needs to contact hanks , and
,chuck tatum to do this before its too late. Just in case those of you don!t know, mr tatum is one of a few left with us that served in basilones platoon. By the way he also wrote the book red blood black sand of which the pacific is partly based. I can only hope that someone will help with this montumental task and bring this new movie to truition. Thankyou to all of each and every hero that served in our countarys hours of need. Without your service our great freedoms would only be charished memories or of distant dreams ,would they not. ???




the grace of a higher power,is still with us. He is one of the last that served with in basilones p
7. Anonymous says:
29 Aug 2013 07:05:23 PM

My Father G B Mason is still alive and did serve in Basilones platoon.

Yes, there are not many of the great men left.
8. Anonymous says:
10 Nov 2015 10:49:08 AM

what a great man

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on John Basilone
Event(s) Participated:
» Guadalcanal Campaign
» Battle of Iwo Jima

Related Books:
» Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Legendary Marine John Basilone

John Basilone Photo Gallery
Basilone, recipient of the Medal of Honor, May 1943
See all 12 photographs of John Basilone




Famous WW2 Quote
"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935