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Old 20 June 2022, 18:00
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USS John Basilone USS-DDG122 Launched

The Navy christened the USS John Basilone, DDG-122on Friday. 'Manila John' distinguished himself during Guadalcanal earning the MoH. He came home a celebrity but not satisfied he asked for and received orders back to combat. He was clearing block houses and killing Japs during the initial invasion of Iwo Jima on 19 June 1945 and was KIA. American hero, RIP. Ryan Manion, sister of Travis Manion, 1st Recon Bn, KIA Fallujah, 2007 is the ships sposor. Basilone's wife Sgt Lena Riggi Basilone never re-married and passed in 1999. She is buried at Riverside Nat'l Cemetery.
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