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Posted: 9/19/2004 1:08:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 8:21:09 AM EDT by nightstalker]
This is a multi-part story of a Marine Hero, Medal of Honor, Navy Cross recipient. There's a road leading into Camp Pendleton in CA that's named after him.

Other parts to come the rest of the week.







That's it, ....
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:06:43 PM EDT
Be sure to link to part 2, tomorrow.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:39:59 PM EDT
Manila John Basilone. Basilone Road is the main road across the base. In fact I believe that stretch of I-5 is named the John Basilone.

Ma Danby's Step-Grandfather served with him before WWII.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:46:25 PM EDT
That was one outstanding Marine. A legend in the Corps, and a true American.

Everyone should read his story.

Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:55:34 PM EDT
Good Story so far!
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 4:33:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_Mills:
Be sure to link to part 2, tomorrow.

Will do.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 9:13:10 PM EDT
I've always wondered what the Basilone story was. I see the signs and drive on Basilone road to get to Wilcox Range but never knew. The museum was always closed or I didn't have time. Now I am learning.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 9:14:05 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/20/2004 6:10:56 PM EDT
Bump for part two evening crowd! Good read!
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 6:14:54 PM EDT
I know of John Basilone. My father served aboard the U.S.S. Basilone DDE-824 from 1955 to 1957.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:42:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:50:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:46:09 PM EDT
bump for the night crew
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 11:20:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 5:54:59 PM EDT
bump for night crew
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 6:30:35 PM EDT
extra bump for night crew...
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 6:59:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/23/2004 7:01:38 AM EDT by nightstalker]
bump for part 5


Some of the Marines expected to die before they hit the beach.

They expected Iwo Jima to be surrounded with underwater gasoline drums the Japanese would detonate as the U.S. amphibious landing craft approached the shallow water.

Johnny Basilone and his men wiped white cream on their faces to protect against flash burns.

They looked like ghosts.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 6:55:41 PM EDT
bump for night crew
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 7:04:35 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/23/2004 8:21:40 PM EDT
Iwo Jima.... Go Johnny!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 8:19:24 AM EDT
bump for Final Episode


They had heard the sound a hundred times, a low whir that becomes deafening, a sickening signal that an enemy mortar is on its way.

There is no running from a mortar. There is just a prayer that its trajectory does not intersect your path.

Johny Basilone was running across an open field, a squad of men behind him.

Johny was set to rescue his men who were pinned down at the base of Mt. Suribachi. Too far forward, the place Johny loved to be.

The mortar exploded at his feet.

Shrapnel tore through his legs all the way to his lower abdomen.

Johny went down.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 6:50:34 PM EDT
bump for night crew

last episode
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:59:47 PM EDT
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