Feb 14, 2019

This Valentine's Day, 1st Marine Division shares the story of the celebrated Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone and his wife Lena Mae. This is St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Oceanside, Calif., where the couple got married in 1944.

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