John Basilone

Delia May

Located at the intersection of Old York Road and Canal Street in the hometown of John Basilone, Raritan, New Jersey, is the monument to the decorated Marine. The statue depicts a buff, shirtless Basilone carrying a machine gun with a bandolier over one shoulder along with his dog tags and a crucifix around his neck. The statue is in memoriam of John Basilone, the first Marine to ever earn both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross for his admirable efforts in the Battle of Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in World War II. The thing that struck me about the monument was the size and stature of the depiction of John Basilone. He appears to be very muscular and larger than life, adding to his heroic reputation and persona. The fact that I find World War II and the brave actions of John Basilone very interesting, seeing the monument intrigued me even more.

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About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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