Marine Corps legend GySgt. John Basilone honored in hometown

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Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine who was awarded 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 both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.

He held off 3,000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal, after his 15-member unit was reduced to two men. Basilone 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 is the only enlisted Marine in World War II to have received the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart. Basilone is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
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Men like David Shoup, John Basilone and John Yancy were my childhood heroes. They were to me like Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose were to other kids.
 
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