Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Marine Corps. Born: 4 November 1916, Buffalo, N.Y. Accredited to: New
Jersey. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese
forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th
Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25
October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines' defensive positions, Sgt.
Basilone, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machineguns, fought valiantly to check the
savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his
guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. Basilone's sections, with its guncrews,
was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into
position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and
personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little
later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. Basilone, at
great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through
hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large
measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and
courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval