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9/21/2018 7:49 am  #1

John Basilone

On September 23 Raritan New Jersey holds it's annual John Basilone Parade.
John Basilone was the son of Salvatore Basilone, who emigrated from Colle Sannita, in Campania, Italy in 1903. Basilone grew up in Raritan, New Jersey.

Basilone became famous as a United States Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who was killed in action during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was the only enlisted Marine to receive both of these decorations in World War II.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 3, 1940, after serving three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines. He was deployed to Guant√°namo Bay, Cuba, and in August 1942, he took part in the invasion of Guadalcanal. In October, he and two other Marines used machine guns to hold off an attack by a far numerically superior Japanese force.

In February 1945, he was killed in action on the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima, after he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse and led a Marine tank under fire safely through a minefield.

2018 John Basilone Parade This Sunday

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Raritan Train Station and end at John Basilone's statue on Old York Road where a ceremony will begin.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

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