Badass Report: Sgt. John Basilone

38 kills, most at arms length…


Another Badass Report: Today Nov 4th is the birthday of Sargent John Basilone, USMC, well known badass of Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. The sheer badassness of Sgt. Basilone cannot be contained in a post, but on Guadalcanal he severely tested the very mechanical limits of the belt-fed machineguns he had.

He repeatedly moved, ran, and repaired the belt-feds that were melting barrels throughout the night as wave after wave of Japs came on. As the guns were pushed beyond anything they could handle, the fighting became hand to hand. After surviving the night, the sun rose and the Marines still controlled Henderson Field thanks in large part to Sgt. Basilone.

No one knows how many Japs were killed by Sgt. John’s men running those guns, but a minimum of 38 kills were credited to John, most of them shot with his Colt 45 at arm’s length. He was only 26 years old and was firmly established as a true Badass. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, returned home to raise War Bond money, then joined in the landings at Iwo Jima where he was killed in action. His courage is covered in the miniseries “The Pacific”.

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