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John Basilone (USMC) Parade - Raritan, New Jersey

Harley Davidson Marines!!!!


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 both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.

He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines before joining the Marine Corps in 1940. After attending training, Basilone deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Solomon Islands and eventually to Guadalcanal where he held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to two other men. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima, after which he was posthumously honored with the Navy Cross. He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations and a United States Navy destroyer. [Wikipedia]


There were some of the precious few remaining World War II Veterans in attendance at the parade. They were more than just heroes, they were God damned men!


I don't know how any male American citizen who hasn't served their country in the military can look at these heroes and not consider themselves a bit of a coward.

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Taken on September 26, 2010