Manila Madness 5 K
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Twinning of Municipalities
Here in the states we are surrounded by signs of how John Basilone has impacted our lives. From his heroic actions on the battle field to the legacy he has left to his family, friends and especially the community.
This has become more apparent as the prompting of the proposal of twining municipalities between Raritan, NJ and Colle Sannita, Italy. (The home town of John Basilone's father).
We are truly honored that Johnny's legacy continues to shine both here and abroad.
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"Our two towns are united by the heroic figure John Basilone, whose father emigrated from our town to the U.S. at the age of 19 many years ago in 1903".
- The Mayor of the Municipality of Colle Sannita
Dr. Giorgia Carlo Nista
(Excerpt from letter)
Newspaper Article from Italy “Il Mattino” Friday February 1st
Colle and Raritan twin cities in honor of “decorated” Basilone
Colle Sannita is twinning with the American town of Raritan in New Jersey. The twinship is in honor of John Basilone, an American Officer, son of Italians from Colle. He was awarded the the Medal of Honor for his war efforts during World War II. He died in 1945 at only 29 years of age. He grew up in Raritan. He was the only enlisted Marine during the Second World War who was awarded the “Medaglia d’Onore” Medal of Honor and the “Croce della Marina” Navy Cross.
This connection strengthens the relationship between Colle and Raritan. The “Colle Sannita Association” proposed the idea to Mayor Giorgio Nista and he immediately agreed. “We are extremely happy about this Twinship, said the Mayor, and proud that John Basilone has roots also in Colle”. And so, the teacher Dr. Regina Basilone, who lives in the United States, became interested in setting in motion the relationship between Mayor Nista and his fellow American Mayor Charles McMullin. Mr. McMullin was immediately receptive to the Twinship initiative and expressed the desire to name a street “Colle Sannita Way”. The street is near the John Basilone statue in Raritan, NJ. Likewise, Colle is also hoping to name a street in honor of Raritan’s John Basilone. The Township Meeting, February 6th, will approve a memorandum for the Twinning agreement documents, in anticipation of the official signing, which will be formalized by both of the delegations on August 5th and 6th, days in which the event will be celebrated.
(Translation: Dr. R. Basilone)
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Basilone Memorial Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Our mission is specifically to raise funds to ensure a better quality of life for veterans as well as for the cancer patients that are serviced by the Steeplechase Cancer Center.
The co-founders of the Basilone Memorial Foundation are Donald Tozzi and Kim Van Note, niece of John Basilone.
To honor the Basilone spirit, our foundation raises money for both the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville, NJ and the Fisher House Foundation in Bethesda, MD. Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
The Basilone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please consider making a contribution to assist our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. Any donation you could provide will be greatly appreciated
THROUGH OUR EVENTS
We plan to raise funds by hosting various events several times per year.
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MANILA MADNESS 2018
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Leader of a Machine-Gun Section, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945.
Shrewdly gauging the tactical situation shortly after landing when his company's advance was held up by the concentrated fire of a heavily fortified Japanese blockhouse, Gunnery Sergeant BASILONE boldly defied the smashing bombardment of heavy caliber fire to work his way around the flank and up to a position directly on top of the blockhouse and then, attacking with grenades and demolitions, single handedly destroyed the entire hostile strong point and its defending garrison. Consistently daring and aggressive as he fought his way over the battle-torn beach and up the sloping, gun-studded terraces toward Airfield Number 1, he repeatedly exposed himself to the blasting fury of exploding shells and later in the day coolly proceeded to the aid of a friendly tank which had been trapped in an enemy mine field under intense mortar and artillery barrages, skillfully guiding the heavy vehicle over the hazardous terrain to safety, despite the overwhelming volume of hostile fire. In the forefront of the assault at all times, he pushed forward with dauntless courage and iron determination until, moving upon the edge of the airfield, he fell, instantly killed by a bursting mortar shell. Stouthearted and indomitable, Gunnery Sergeant BASILONE, by his intrepid initiative, outstanding skill, and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of the fanatic opposition, contributed materially to the advance of his company during the early critical period of the assault, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter conflict was an inspiration to his comrades and reflects the highest credit upon Gunnery Sergeant BASILONE and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
For the President,
MEDAL OF HONOR
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following 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 machine guns, 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 gun crews, 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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