A Cause...if you wish...

Almost a year ago, I got involved in the campaign to get the US Postal Service to issue a stamp in honor of GySgt. John Basilone, USMC. I helped collect signatures on a petition, and then duly mailed my signed petition back to Mr. Jaffe, of the James Paige Det. of the Marine Corps League....well, I have just been notified that many states have decided to name February 19th as John Basilone Day...namely, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.....it is the goal of the Campaign to get all 50 states to recognize Basilone day, thus putting more pressure on the Postal Service.

For those of you who don't follow the above link, Gunny Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor on Guadalcanal in 1942....the Corps sent him home to sell War Bonds, and touted him as a hero...he felt guilty that he wasn't helping the troops with the fighting, so he volunteered to go back to combat, and was killed on the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima in February '45. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

If you choose to sign the petition, please do so HERE...

If you choose to write your Governor/Senator to ask them why your state hasn't made February 19th John Basilone day, go HERE for a sample letter...

The bravery, self-sacrifice, and pure heroism of Gunny Basilone is a shining example....in the face of todays world events....of how much we owe to the generations that went before us...a generation that ensured we could live under freedom....a freedom that they purchased with their lives....we all-too-often forget the price that our ancestors have paid....

by Eric on December 27, 2003 | Comments(3) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

John Basilone was from Raritan, New Jersey. The movement is big here, among vets anyway. Most folks are too busy watching soap operas and Judge Judy.

posted by: Parkway Rest Stop on December 27, 2003 06:52 PM

Eric, I signed your petetion. I hope that it passes.

posted by: Gooseneck on December 27, 2003 08:06 PM

Thank you both..Gooseneck AND James from PRS...you guys ROCK....I am sure that Basilone would be proud just to know that we are trying to remember his sacrifice....thank you very much...

posted by: Eric on December 27, 2003 10:17 PM