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KIA - FEBRUARY  19, 1945



DOB - NOVEMBER 14, 1916

Our goal is to keep the Basilone spirit alive by honoring and aiding our veterans in need.


Nickname(s): “Manila John“

Born: November 4, 1916 in Buffalo, New York

Died: February 19, 1945 (aged 28) †, Iwo Jima, Japan

Spouse: Lena Mae Riggi (1944–1945)

Place of burial: Arlington National Cemetery

Follow Rob Jones

As he completes 31 marathons in 31 days to support 3 veterans’ organizations that have supported him through his recovery, including the Semper Fi Fund!


In winter 2013-2014, Rob set out to bike across America and raise money; this is the second portion of that challenge. 

He has $875,000 left to raise in his quest to raise $1,000,000.  Each marathon will be completed over 31 consecutive days and will not coincide with any other organized running event (unless by pure coincidence).

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At the event, 1,000 toy G.I. Joes with parachutes at a bullseye target in center field.


Participants sponsored G.I. Joes, and those landing closest to the target had the chance to win prizes.

August 19, 2018

Bridgewater, NJ 08807