lena basilone


“I wanted to know how it was to love somebody the way Pop loved Mama.  At least I wanted a few days, or weeks if I could get it, to know what it was like to be married.  I wanted to be able to say ‘I love you’ a few times and mean it … Lena agreed to marry me.  We set the date for July 10th, 1944." 

- John Basilone