Jersey Proud: New Naval ship named for war hero John Basilone
One of the newest ships in the U.S. Navy fleet is named for a war hero from New Jersey.
The ship is named for Raritan’s John Basilone. Some of the sailors from that ship made a trek to Somerset County to bring a decorative anchor to the Basilone Memorial.
Marines from Basilone's old battalion were also on this journey. While in town, they all visited the library to see the exhibit dedicated to Basilone.
Basilone died on Iwo Jima during World War II.