Logo, Gunnery Sgt John Basilone Foundation - Veterans’ Foundation
(908) 328-2944
P.O. Box 250 691

    New York, NY 10025

About Sgt John Basilone Foundation

Sgt John Basilone Foundation in New York, New York, was started by Sergeant Basilone’s family to honor his legacy. Our goal is to preserve his memory and help support those who have sacrificed for us by improving PTSD care, as well as access to the care. By serving those who have gone to war, our mission is to help improve their lives, the lives of their family, and to carry on Sergeant John Basilone’s legacy of helping others. We’ve been active for 10 years and we’re proud to carry on our new mission statement by continuing to help "John's Boys".

Our dedicated and passionate Board Members are:

Diane Basilone Hawkins, President - NY

Kathy Taylor-Harris, VP of Operations - FL

Sophie Kay , Board Member - CT

Henry Bodden, Board Member - OK

Revis Gowan, Board Member - OK

Bill Call, Board Member - OR

Al Frater , Board Member - NJ

About GySgt John Basilone

After receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, GySgt Basilone was sent on a war bond tour by the Marine Corps, and then sent to headquarters and given a desk job. After the war bond tour, John requested a return to operating forces so he could fight in the war but was denied the first time. The second request, to train Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, was approved. There he met his wife, Sgt Lena Riggi of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.

His next request was to return to the Pacific Theatre, which was approved and he was assigned to Charlie Company, First Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division during the invasion of Iwo Jima, where he was killed in action. In his memory, we work hard to support those who suffer from PTSD due to their military service by raising awareness and funding to support proper treatment programs. We’ve been helping others for more than 10 years and we’re very proud to carry on with our new mission statement through John’s Legacy and Sgt John Basilone Foundation.

Contact us to learn more about our veterans’ foundation and how we support our troops.