Thank you for visiting the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Stamp Campaign Website. The original purpose for the site was to help procure a United States Postage Stamp honoring GySgt. John Basilone while supporting the Chesty Puller Stamp Campaign. This mission was accomplished.
Today, the site houses for historical purposes all efforts that went into both Campaigns. In addition, there are many links relating to events honoring John Basilone. We encourage visitors to click on the Semper Fi Fund page and do all they can to support our wounded service members and their families.
Please check back often as there will be many updates including those on the GySgt. John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment. The Award is presented annually on 19 February.
The GySgt John Basilone Award/Scholarship is now registered with Good Search http://www.goodsearch.com/ Please use Good Search for all your Internet Searches and enter the GySgt Basilone Award as the charity of your choice; a donation will be made to the Scholarship Fund. One hundred percent of all donations are used for the Scholarship. No money is ever taken out for the overhead of the Scholarship and the Award.
As you all are aware GySgt John Basilone is a Marine Icon whose life exemplified that which separates Marines from
the rest of the human race.
Since 2004, on 19 February -Basilone Day the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment
has been given to a Marine who has displayed the same attributes of GySgt Basilone—unshakeable love for his Corps
and unfathomable courage.
Chuck Tatum, Author of Red Blood, Black Sand, an Iowa Jima Marine and probably one of the few Marines left who
served directly under GySgt Basilone has tasked me with a request before he leaves for his meeting with Chesty, that is:
To have MSgt Lena Basilone moved from Riverside Cemetery to Arlington to rest by GySgt Basilone.
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