Monday, May 28, 2018

Remembering heroes: Gunny Johnny Basilone USMC

It's Memorial Day. I remember Gunny Johnny Basilone, USMC today. He gave his life for the country he loved on the first day of the furious Battle of Iwo Jima.

This hero is the only marine from WWII who received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Read both of the citations near the end of the piece.

Where do you find men like this?

An entry on Wikipedia is often long on information but just a bit dry. Here's more about Johnny from a tribute site that puts Mr Basilone's story in a more human context.

Was not able to attend any event on this Memorial Day. But thinking of our heroes here at home.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

1 comment:

  1. A real hero! Thanks for that second link, I agree with you, that gives us much better detail.