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John Basilone

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

 

—Hero Of Guadalcanal —

 
John Basilone Monument - Front Inscription Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, March 12, 2009
1. John Basilone Monument - Front Inscription
Inscription. Marker Front:
Born in Buffalo NY, Novemver 4, 1916
Enlisted from Raritan, N.J., July 11, 1940
Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor for Heroic Action on October 24, 25, 1942
Volunteered again for combat, Dec. 27, 1943
Killed in action on Iwo Jima, Feb. 19, 1945

Marker Reverse:
Congressional Medal Of Honor Citation
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 October 24 and 25, 1942.

While the enemy was hammering at the Marines' defensive positions, Sergeant Basilone, in charge of two sections of heavy machineguns, 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 Sergeant Basilone's sections, with its guncrews, was put out of action, leaving only two men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under contiunual 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, Sergeant
John Basilone Monument - Rear Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, March 12, 2009
2. John Basilone Monument - Rear Plaque
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 a 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 United States Naval Service.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
President United States
 
Erected 1948 by The American Legion - John Basilone Post No. 280.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 40° 33.898′ N, 74° 38.364′ W. Marker is in Raritan, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is at the intersection of Old York Road and Canal Street, in the median on Old York Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Raritan NJ 08869, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial to the Naraticong Indians (a few steps from this marker); Raritan Water Power Canal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nevius Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hibernia Mine Railroad Bridge
John Basilone Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, March 12, 2009
3. John Basilone Monument
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Jersey Central Lines (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Official End Of World War I (approx. 0.9 miles away); Furman Frederick Kugler (approx. 1.1 miles away); Somerville Borough Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Raritan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography and pictures hosted on the Arlington National Cemetery website. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
2. Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, USMC, (1916-1945). On the Naval Historical Center website (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.) 

3. "Manila" John Basilone. America's Hero - The Sergeant York of WWII (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.) 

4. The artist, Philip Orlando. (Submitted on February 26, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
5. The unveiling of the statue. (Submitted on February 26, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Medal of Honor Citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps.
Born: 4 November 1916, Buffalo, New York.
Accredited to:
John Basilone Monument - Left Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Alan Edelson, March 12, 2009
4. John Basilone Monument - Left Side Plaque
Erected By John Basilone Post, No. 280 The American Legion With Public Donations and Post Funds To Honor The Immortal Hero of Guadalcanal Sergeant John Basilone
New Jersey.
Other Navy award: Navy Cross.

Citation:

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 machineguns, 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 guncrews, 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.
    — Submitted March 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.

 
Categories. HeroesWar, World II
 
 
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