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Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone

Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone, 1913-1999, Camp Pendleton field cook during World War II, and wife of WWII hero and Medal of Honor winner Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone (1916-1945) | Women Marines Association #genealogy #military #veterans


John Basilone - World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Known as "Manila John", he was one of the first Marines to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.


John Basilone at Marine Headquarters, September 1943 "Marine Congressional Medal of Honor Hero Platoon Sergeant John Basilone, USMC, recently visited the Marine Headquarters at Washington, DC. Pl. Sgt. Basilone's home is Raritan, NJ. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty."" Orehovic captioned the photograph "My Hero."

This Purple Heart was posthumously issued to John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945).


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


John Basilone recipient of the Medal of Honor May 1943.


John Basil one..Medal of Honor winner..Navy Cross winner...only Medal of Honor recipient to go into a subsequent battle and die