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 3,245,935 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). John Basilone is the 872nd most popular military personnel (down from 804th in 2019), the 2,813th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,655th in 2019) and the 44th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, John Basilone ranks 872 out of 1,466Before him are Peter Lacy, Walter Stennes, Inés Suárez, Alexander Matrosov, Pavel Batitsky, and Iosif Gurko. After him are Jean-Baptiste Drouet, Comte d'Erlon, Magnus Stenbock, Paik Sun-yup, Anne Hilarion de Tourville, Fyodor Kuznetsov, and Viktor Dankl von Krasnik.

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Among people born in 1916, John Basilone ranks 93Before him are Ruth Handler, Alexey Maresyev, Morris West, Betty Grable, Mercedes McCambridge, and Hubert Maga. After him are Mika Špiljak, Pietro Rava, Manea Mănescu, Moondog, Helmut Gröttrup, and Archie Moore. Among people deceased in 1945, John Basilone ranks 153Before him are Gerhard Gentzen, Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Günther Lützow, Princess Thyra of Denmark, Kitaro Nishida, and Gustav Flatow. After him are Peter Högl, Ludwig Müller, Jacques Doriot, Hazi Aslanov, Vilém Mathesius, and Rudolf Lange.

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Among people born in United States, John Basilone ranks 2,813 out of 15,968Before him are Ned Beatty (1937), Susannah Mushatt Jones (1899), Dick Wolf (1946), Roger B. Chaffee (1935), Chazz Palminteri (1952), and James W. Christy (1938). After him are Megan Fox (1986), Al Martino (1927), Dan Flavin (1933), Roy Cohn (1927), Henry Wilson (1812), and Gloria Grahame (1923).


Among military personnels born in United States, John Basilone ranks 44Before him are Henry H. Arnold (1886), Philip Sheridan (1831), Alexander Haig (1924), Walton Walker (1889), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), and George B. McClellan (1826). After him are Ernest King (1878), David Farragut (1801), Hal Moore (1922), Charles Robert Jenkins (1940), Alexander Vandegrift (1887), and James Jesus Angleton (1917).