Was there a real John Basilone?

John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who 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 …

Where is Basilone buried?

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States
John Basilone/Place of burial

Did Lena Basilone remarry?

Lena never remarried. She purchased a home in Lakewood, California and lived there for over 50 years until her death. Just three days after Lena’s death a resolution was passed naming a 17 mile stretch of the San Diego (I-5) Freeway near Camp Pendleton ‘Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Highway’.

Did Chesty Puller know John Basilone?

Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller, and I was personal friends with Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone … he always called me ‘Jackie’, just like my mom.” “Basilone visited my parents before going to Iwo,” he recalled.

Where did John Basilone earn his Medal of Honor?

Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone (1916-1945) was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in combat at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in October 1942.

What happened to John Basilone’s friend JP?

J.P. is not seen again until just before Basilone boards a plane for home for his war bonds tour. J.P. gives a few words then watches Basilone take off. He died in 1980.

How long was John Basilone married before death?

John was killed on Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 just seven months after marrying the love of his life and seven months before the allies would declare victory in the Pacific.

What happened to John Basilone’s widow?

Widowed. Unfortunately, Basilone was killed in action on Iwo Jima. Lena received a telegram and went back to the beach, mourning him. After the war, Lena visited Basilone’s family and shares a moment, before giving them Basilone’s Medal of Honor.

Is Chesty Puller still alive?

Deceased (1898–1971)
Chesty Puller/Living or Deceased