John Basilone: National Medal Of Honor

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John Basilone was one of the elite few of our nation to be awarded with the national Medal of Honor. John was the sixth of ten children, born in Buffalo, New York but raised in Raritan, New Jersey. He opted not to go to highschool, and joined the Army looking for “adventure.” He boxed in the Army, before he was sent to the Philippines. After he completed his first tour, Mr. Basilone returned home and became bored. John Basilone made the decision to re-enlist soon after, but this time into the Marines. His division was sent to Guadalcanal. The Japanese and Americans were battling for an airstrip on Guadalcanal, and this is when John earned his Medal of Honor. Master Gunnery Sergeant Basilone was in charge of four machine guns as well as sixteen

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