Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who earned the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Guadalcanal. I spent 30 years in the Marines and saw some action at the end of Vietnam and again in Kuwait in 2003. Anonymous says: May 5, 2010 at 21:16 Just watched on my dvd. John Basilone was born in Buffalo, NY on November 4, 1916. He met his future … 10 Jul 1944 : John Basilone married Sergeant Lena Mae Riggi at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Oceanside, California, United States. Biography. 7 Jul 1944 : John Basilone and Lena Mae Riggi completed the application for a marriage certificate. @ John Basilone Biography. John came ashore with the first wave of Maries on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jimo, February 19, 1945 about 9.30am.

John’s unit was pinned down and being taken apart. This is documented in several biographies of John Basilone that can be found on line. Thanks to a character in the recent television series called “The Pacific”, the name of a female Marine has made an appearance on the pop culture radar: Lena Mae Riggi. 19 Feb 1945 : John Basilone passed away. The Japanese held their fire at first, waiting the beach to fill up with soldiers before letting loose with machine guns from hidden blockhouses. John Basilone has always been one of the Marines I looked up to. _____ John Basilone Biography _____ John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who was killed in action during World War II . He was portrayed by actor Jon Seda in the HBO mini-series The Pacific. John Basilone re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. If the name does not sound familiar, you may recognize her married name: Basilone. by afemalemarine • 18 Jun 2010 • 84 Comments. He defended Henderson Field in Guadalcanal, where his 15-man unit held off an enemy attack of nearly 3,000 Japanese soldiers for two days.