Sergeant John Basilone won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). He was killed during the Battle of Iwo Jima, after again showing great courage, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Below is a June 24, 1944 Collier’s magazine cover with a picture of Sergeant Basilone as well as a brief note by him.



*Originally published 12/15/2016.