John Basilone

1916 - 1945

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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 Battle of Iwo Jima. He was the only enlisted Marine to receive both of these decorations in World War II. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 3, 1940, after serving three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines. He was deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and in August 1942, he took part in the invasion of Guadalcanal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Basilone has received more than 3,560,386 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). John Basilone is the 958th most popular military personnel (down from 872nd in 2019), the 3,019th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,812th in 2019) and the 47th most popular Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, John Basilone ranks 958 out of 1,468Before him are Walther von Lüttwitz, Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, Leon Rupnik, Karl Lennart Oesch, Adelbert Schulz, and Abraham Duquesne. After him are Roussel de Bailleul, David Petraeus, Federico Gravina, Ernst-Günther Baade, J. F. C. Fuller, and Alexander Matrosov.

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Among people born in 1916, John Basilone ranks 108Before him are Manea Mănescu, Benjamin Libet, Pietro Rava, Maurice Bavaud, Rossano Brazzi, and Helmut Gröttrup. After him are Unica Zürn, Archie Moore, Edmundo Suárez, Julian Rotter, Arno Peters, and Zail Singh. Among people deceased in 1945, John Basilone ranks 166Before him are Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Jacques Doriot, Günther Lützow, Peter Högl, Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe, and Richard Thomalla. After him are Alfréd Schaffer, Ernst-Günther Baade, Ludwig Müller, Dwight F. Davis, Roberto Farinacci, and Maria Skobtsova.

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Among people born in United States, John Basilone ranks 3,019 out of 18,182Before him are Eli Whitney (1765), Eric Hoffer (1898), Charles Barkley (1963), Chad Smith (1961), Ronald Evans (1933), and John Ritter (1948). After him are Patrick Henry (1736), Madeleine Astor (1893), Kate Walsh (1967), Tico Torres (1953), Thomas A. Hendricks (1819), and Patti Page (1927).


Among military personnels born in United States, John Basilone ranks 47Before him are David Farragut (1801), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), Alexander Haig (1924), Joseph Stilwell (1883), Ernest King (1878), and Walton Walker (1889). After him are David Petraeus (1952), Holland Smith (1882), Monte Melkonian (1957), Lucius D. Clay (1898), Alexander Vandegrift (1887), and Kit Carson (1809).