Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was the only Marine to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross during World War II. At the Battle of Guadalcanal, Basilone singlehandedly defended a narrow pass against a force over 3,000 Japanese.
Afterward, he was offered a safer training position. However, he turned it down in favor of going back into action at Iwo Jima, where he gave his life on the battlefield.
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