Lewis Puller enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1918 at the age of twenty. That day he and the Corps formed a bond that would forever link them together in history. "Chesty" received his nickname for his barrel chest, but he became a legend in his own time while serving valiantly in Haiti, Nicaragua, the Pacific during WW2, and Korea. His record of earning five Navy Crosses for valor has never been matched, nor has his place in Marine Corps history as one of the finest combat officers ever. Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sgt. Lena Basilone Pictures


Marine Sergeant Lena Basilone was the wife of Medal of Honor winner John Basilone. I just watched HBO's The Pacific episode 7, it was great, tons of action. Anyway it looks like John and Lena Basilone meet and fall in love during episode 8. I thought I would share some of the information I have found on Lena Basilone, it's not much, but here it is.

 Lena Basilone's Obituary, this has some good info, click image for a larger view.


The happy couple on there wedding day.


HBO's The Pacific a ten part mini-series includes the love story of John and Lena Basilone.


Lena christens the USS Basilone after John's death. She was a stunning women.


Actress Annie Parisse plays Lena Riggi Basilone in HBO's The Pacific. More info on Annie here -- Wiki and -- IMDB


Annie Parisse and Jon Seda, as Lena Riggi and John Basilone.


The Basilone wedding party.


The grave of Lena Basilone. God Bless and Semper Fi.

Check here for more info on Lena Riggi Basilone.

Check here for more info on John Basilone

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am loving The Pacific on HBO, the John and Lena Basilone story is amazing. Very sad, but it makes a person understand what their generation went through.

parrow1978 said...

Thanks for the comments.

SGTKITE said...

WASNT HE AN E7 GUNNERY SARGENT NOT AN E5 SGT. THERES A DIFFERENCE I HOPE HIS TOMBSTONE ISNT THE SAME

parrow1978 said...

You are correct SGTKITE, John Basilone's tombstone is correct it reads Gy Sgt.

Linda Riggi said...

I am only sorry that my Mother-in-law, Audrey Riggi, was not mentioned in Aunt Lena's obituary as her family along with her nephew, Robert Riggi. Signed, Linda Riggi

Brad M said...

Just read his biography , thought it was an auto biography, turned a page and it says he died. I'm floored. God bless Sgt. Basilone, ass kickin Marine!

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