John Basilone was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and a proud American of Italian descent who was killed in action in 1945 during WWII. 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 decorations in WWII.
Basilone was born on November 4, 1916 in Buffalo, NY. His family moved to