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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

John "Manila John" Basilone

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Gunnery Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    1st Battalion, 7th Marines,
    1st Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 24 - 25, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
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 two 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 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 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient John "manila jonn". Basilone
Medal of Honor Recipient John "manila jonn". Basilone
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 21, 1943

    Balcombe, Australia, presented by Maj. Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, Commanding Gen. 1st Marine Division

  • Born: November 4, 1916, Buffalo, Erie County, NY, United States
  • Died: February 19, 1945, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (12-384), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the US Marine Corps, Quantico, VA
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