Marine platoon Sergeant John Basilone, 26, of Raritan, NJ, proudly wears his congressional medal of honor awarded in recognition of his outstanding heroism in the field. Firing a machine gun and pistol, "mamila John" piled up 38 Japanese bodies in front of his emplacement on Guadalcanal, October 24 and 25, 1942. He is credited with playing a major part in the reginment, the only son of an Italian-born tailor, he has spent nearly six years in the U.S. Armed Forces
Marine Sergeant John Basilone is remembered on Memorial Day for making the ultimate sacrifice for his country,
Matthew Black was born and raised in Seattle, WA and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Receiving an honors degree in history from the University of Washington, Matthew has since published a book and over a hundred web and print articles on a vast array of subjects. A man of many interests, he coaches soccer and travels the world when he’s not writing articles for History 101. He likes to say, “the devil’s in the details” and uses that approach to pour much of his energy into the research process.