THE 59 VETERANS PROJECT: The Bravery of John Basilone!

John Basilone MOH

 

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After the devastating attack on Pearly Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and other horrendous defeats by the Japanese Empire at Midway, Singapore, the Philippines and throughout the Pacific theater, it wasn’t until eight months later that U.S. and Allied Forces were able to launch a first offensive. It occurred at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, and lasted from August 7, 1942 to February 9, 1943.

The Battle of Guadalcanal was bitterly fought, and sometimes defeat seemed imminent for Allied Forces if not for the bravery of Americans who fought there and the incredible exploits of a few who seemingly alone kept the island from falling into enemy hands.

One of these indelible few was U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone.  What did he do?  Well, during four days of non-stop attacks by an entire regiment of 3,000 Japanese he and his Browning machine-gun and small attachment of Marines prevented Henderson Field from falling to enemy forces.  As historians note, if the Japanese had taken Henderson Field they would undoubtedly have won the battle and perhaps the entire war.  If not for Gunny Sergeant John Basilone, one of the baddest toughest Marines in the history of the USMC!

For his actions at Guadalcanal, Basilone was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Later, at the Battle of Iwo Jima he would receive America’s second highest award for valor: the Navy Cross.  But posthumously, for at this fiercest of all Pacific island battles, he gave “the last full measure of devotion,” and became the most decorated Marine of World War II.

To read more about U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, go here: http://www.marineswwii.com/john_basilone.php.  To read more exciting and inspiring stories like this one, simply scroll down our Facebook page.  And come visit us at our headquarters company located at http://www.59veterans.com and learn about our imminent project to teach veterans 3D photography and secure viable careers in this vocation.

Meanwhile, all of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT raise our glasses in toast to John Basilone and to all our heroic veterans and active duty military past, present and future.  We salute you!

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