Buffalo Medal of Honor Park, Celebrating Marine Sergeant John Basilone

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The Christopher Columbus statue was removed from Columbus Park in Buffalo, NY this summer. The honorable way forward would be renaming Columbus Park as Medal of Honor Park, and grace it prominently with a statue of Sergeant John “Manila John” Basilone, USMC. 

Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest tribute to valor, for his unparalleled exploits of bravery during the Battle of Guadalcanal in WWII.  Then, instead of spending the rest of the conflict selling war bonds, he insisted on returning to combat in order to be with “my boys.”  After further acts of incredible bravery during the Battle of Iwo Jima, he died while leading a Marine tank to safety through a minefield. He received America’s next-highest decoration for valor, the Navy Cross, posthumously, for his service on Iwo Jima. 

Sgt. Basilone was 28 years old when he fell at Iwo Jima.  He was born in Buffalo NY in 1916. Let us honor and celebrate his heroism, and remind us all what America is all about. 

Learn more about the Buffalo Medal of Honor Park initiative at http://buffalomedalofhonorpark.com/