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Date: 09/19/22 15:07
NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: Pattenburg

On Sunday attended the John Basilone Parade in Raritan, New Jersey. This parade is the only one in the United States to honor a World War II hero and has been held since 1981 except in 2020 due to COVID. Forty-one years later it is still going strong! Basilone was a Marine who won the Medal of Honor for his heroism on Guadalcanal in 1942. He was later killed during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The place where I watched this parade allows me to see NJT's RVL Thompson Avenue grade crossing. During the parade and leading the westbound train was the Erie Lackawanna unit of which I managed a quick grab shot. Also included a few parade scenes. That second image was a group from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. They include the Mandan, Hidasta and Arikara tribes. The USMC Band from Quantico, Virginia also returned after a two year hiatus. Hope you enjoy them! 








Date: 09/19/22 15:33
Re: NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: bigsavage

" Manila John" Basilone
His story was a major part of "The Pacific" miniseries...
His gravesite at Arlington, VA.






Date: 09/19/22 21:45
Re: NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: PHall

His headstone says he was awarded the Medal of Honor, but, didn't his wife return the medal?



Date: 09/20/22 04:55
Re: NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: Pattenburg

PHall Wrote:
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> His headstone says he was awarded the Medal of
> Honor, but, didn't his wife return the medal?

She returned oit to the family and the medal eventually ended up in the National Museum of the Marine Corps down in Virginia.



Date: 09/20/22 09:50
Re: NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: Topfuel

Classic small-town America scenes where people who love their country still have parades to honor American heroes.  Such parades are no longer allowed in most big cities in America.



Date: 09/20/22 11:18
Re: NJT's Erie Lackawanna unit & John Basilone Parade
Author: Lackawanna484

Raritan NJ is a lovely little town. Several good restaurants, bakeries, and a fine fish market.

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