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Navy destroyer bears name of decorated Marine killed in WWII
By The Associated Press
Jun 19, 09:44 AM

IVMEKHMDYNBGZKMQNGVX5X42AQ.jpgThe superstructure of the future guided-missile destroyer Basilone and a crane are seen on Saturday, June 18, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. (David Sharp/AP)
BATH, Maine — The christening of a Navy destroyer on Saturday highlighted the sacrifices of two generations — the ship’s namesake killed in World War II and another Marine who died more than 60 years later.
The future USS Basilone bears the name of a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor before his death on Iwo Jima.
Breaking a bottle on the ship’s bow for good luck was a woman who lost her brother in an ambush in Fallujah, Iraq.
The legacy and sacrifice of such Marines are never forgotten, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy Black told a crowd of 2,000 gathered next to the warship at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works in Maine.
Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism while defending Henderson Field against a fierce assault by a 3,000-strong Japanese force during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.
The New Jersey resident returned home to a hero’s welcome and a parade. But he asked to rejoin his comrades and died on the opening day of the invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for heroism that day.
His 92-year-old brother Donald and others at the ceremony spoke of Basilone’s patriotism, dedication and bravery.
That included his insistence on returning to combat instead of staying safe for the remainder of the war. “He really wanted to go back,” Donald Basilone said in statement read by his niece.
Ryan Manion, whose brother, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq, said both her brother and the ship’s namesake were cut from the same cloth even though they were from different generations.
“John Basilone was a young patriot who joined the military to do his job when his country needed him the most,” she said.
The ceremony marked a milestone in construction of the 509-foot guided-missile destroyer. Dignitaries included admirals, family members, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
Manion, who is one of the ship’s sponsors, is president of the Pennsylvania-based Travis Manion Foundation, which aims to empower veterans and families of fallen heroes, using her brother’s words, “If not me, then who?”
Her brother was killed by a sniper when he exposed himself to enemy fire to get an advantageous firing position and draw attention away from wounded Marines during an ambush in 2007 in Iraq.
 

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MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION​

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 Service.

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Soldiers of the 369th Engineer Detachment conduct firefighter training prior to Exercise Red Dragon

 

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I never worked with Jim while I was the Air Force uniform, but our paths crossed afterwards multiple times. Like those of us in the fire service the Air Force especially the Strategic Air Command (SAC) remained in his heart after retirement. He rose to become the number 1 enlisted man in SAC to becoming the enlisted leader of the entire Air Force. He looked out for the all the members, regardless of your rank or title. Upon retirement he settled in the Offutt Air Force Base community near Omaha, Nebraska. I enjoyed working with Jim over the years on various SAC related projects. You were a gentlemen. I was honored to have known you & to call you a friend.
 

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On July 27, 2022 the Wall of Remembrance was unveiled at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. It lists the names of 36,634 Americans and 7,174 Koreans who were killed in action together in the war that ended 69 years prior.
Unfortunately, historians claim the names of at least 595 men are missing from the wall. Since the war was a "police action", no war zone was ever formally established. Most of the missing names are the result of plane crashes around Japan and the Korean Peninsula during the war.
Worse, at least 868 (and maybe as many as a thousand) names are misspelled. These misspellings have been known since they were published by the National Archives in 2011. Attempts to correct the names failed over the intervening years. Even though wrong, the stated reason was that Congress mandated they be used since they came from the DOD as official casualty lists. For comparison, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has about 100 misspellings with 20,000 more names.
Incredibly, four of the misspelled names are those of men who are Medal of Honor recipients!
 

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"The Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington was first dedicated 27 years ago, on July 27, 1995. Construction on the rededicated memorial began in March 2021. The $22 million project was funded by donations from the peoples of the United States and South Korea, formally named the Republic of Korea.

The names on the Wall of Remembrance are arranged in order of rank and branch of service to demonstrate to visitors how the war’s burden fell unevenly across the military.

Another important element of the wall is that the names of U.S. service members and Korean augmentees to the U.S. Army are not listed separately. Instead, they’re mingled together — just as they fought together during the war."



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Eleven Years ago today, on August 6th, 2011, our Nation suffered the tragic loss of 30 Americans and one U.S. military working dog, after a CH-47 Chinook military helicopter was shot down while attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Extortion 17 is considered the worst loss of U.S. military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign, surpassing Operation Red Wings in 2005.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET 08.06.2011

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