Raritan Post Office renamed for WWII hero John Basilone
The Raritan Post Office was renamed for World War II hero and New Jersey native Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone.
Basilone was just 26 years old when he was killed in action. But he is the only person to receive both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He saved many lives during the war and died in the battle of Iwo Jima.
Basilone grew up in Raritan and joined the Marines in 1940. There are many buildings named for him throughout New Jersey.
"If there were a Mount Rushmore for the Marine Corps, John Basilone's face would be emblazoned upon it, as he represents all that is true and honorable in the Marines. Standing for honor, courage and commitment,” says Major M. McDaniel Sharber Jr.
After winning the Medal of Honor, Basilone went on a U.S. publicity tour to sell war bonds.