On This Day…October 25th.
John Basilone. On 25th October (and the hours before and after) in Guadalcanal Basilone transcended the human condition when he held a gun placement with his small team against 3.000 Japanese. His heroics in holding a crucial position have passed into legend, and I wont recount them here – but the sentiment below tells the story from a fellow marine. Pfc. Nash W. Phillips, who was visited by Basilone on Guadalcanal while recovering in field hospital after losing a hand in the fight recalls…
“Basilone had a machine gun on the go for three days and nights without sleep, rest or food,”
“He was barefooted and his eyes were red as fire,” he said. “His face was dirty black from gunfire and lack of sleep. His shirt sleeves were rolled up to his shoulders. He had a .45 tucked into the waistband of his trousers. He’d just dropped by to see how I was making out; me and the others in the section. I’ll never forget him. He’ll never be dead in my mind!”
The carrier below is the stricken Japanese Zuiho, taken on 25th October, 1944. The camouflage is particularly interesting, trying to pass the ship off as a battle cruiser.
P-66 Vanguard fighters at an airfield in Karachi, India, 25 Oct 1942.
Lastly, this photo is of the carrier Zuikaku, seconds before sinking on October 25th, 1944.. The image captures the sailors saluting the Ensign flag as it was lowered. More that 840 drowned. The Zuikaku was the last surviving carrier from the Pearl Harbour attacks.