Unknown Stories of WNY: Remembering a local hero

Jul 28, 2022 645

BY: Pete Gallivan

John Basilone was a hero in WWII and now the Navy has christened a second ship in his name and there is also a movement to recognize him here in his hometown.

Basilone, born on the West Side of Buffalo, November 4, 1916, into an Italian-American family, the sixth of ten children. Basilone enlisted in the Army in 1934, then in the Marines in 1940. He was shipped off to the South Pacific, where he would make his mark early in the war. 

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SOURCE: https://www.wgrz.com/

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