Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
I'm Staying with My Boys

I'm Staying with My Boys

The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC

Jim Proser with Jerry Cutter

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

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 3,000 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, and it features photographs never before published. Distinctive among military biographies, the story is told in first person, allowing readers to experience his transformation, forged in the horrors of battle, from aimless youth to war hero known as "Manila John".



D-Day, Iwo Jima 0700 hours
We heard the diesels fire up. Metal groaned as the bow of our ship split down the middle and the two twenty-ton doors swung open to the black sea. Behind...


Praise for I'm Staying with My Boys

“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

“This book about the legendary John Basilone is presented in such a personal style that one would believe that "Manila John" is still alive. Not since William Manchester authored his memoir GOODBYE DARKNESS twenty-five years ago has a book been written about one man that seems so authentic.” —Col. Ken Jordan, USMC, ret.

“A lot has been written about my brother in the war, but it's important to know his whole story. This book tells the story of John as a boy, a teenager, and a man. Every student should study and learn from it.” —Carlo Basilone, John's brother

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About the author

Jim Proser with Jerry Cutter

Jim Proser is a writer and film producer. He lives in California.

Jerry Cutter is the nephew of Sgt. John Basilone. His current projects are the documentary and feature film versions of his uncle's story. He lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Jim Proser

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Jerry Cutter


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