I'm Staying with My Boys

The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I'm Staying with My Boys is a firsthand look inside the life of one of the greatest heroes of the Greatest Generation. Sgt. John Basilone held off 3000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal after his 15-member unit was reduced to three men. At Iwo Jima he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse, allowing his unit to capture an airfield. Minutes later he was killed by an enemy artillery round. He was the only Marine in World War II to have received the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart and is arguably the most famous Marine of all time. I'm Staying with My Boys is the only family-authorized biography of Basilone. Distinctive among military biographies, the story is told in first person, allowing listeners to experience his transformation, forged in the horrors of battle, from aimless youth to war hero known as "Manila John".

©2010 Jim Proser with Jerry Cutter (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“Everyone should read this book, the story of a true American Hero. I served with John Basilone and I can hear his voice in every page.” (Thomas O. Nass, 5th Marine Division, WWII)

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one extraordinary hard fighting Marine

a story about a great American Badass we got the job done despite the odds against him. but more extraordinary his desire to get back with his boys to attempt to be there leader and mentor and hopes that he would save some of their lives

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Devil Dogs!

This is not only a great story of Manila John Basilone but profiles "Chesty" Puller as CO of 1/7 on Guadalcanal. The story is about Marines in combat demonstrating the cohesiveness and mental toughness the way they're trained to perform. No better literary example that I've ever read. Semper Fi!

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Great great book!

I Really enjoyed listening and learning of Sgt. Basilone's life in the Marine Corps. Motivating.

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Excellent. Great story and great performance.

Amazing story about a true and humble American hero. Will listen to it again. Hoorah.

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Don't Judge it too quick

It was very slow to start. Very slow. However, keep trucking through and you'll find that you get attached more and more. It was a good listen.

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great historical story by a World War 2 Veteran.

this story captured me since it was based on a hero's life who gave the ultimate sacrifice for hos country. The battle scene descriptions were great. big 👍

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Great book

I was a little worried about the narrator, but he grew on me quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will follow it up with "Chesty".