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    Basilone Bowl Game Day Announcement



    Story by Capt. Timothy Irish 

    1st Marine Corps District

    Bridgewater, N.J. – The 2nd Annual Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Bowl honors the “Hero of the Pacific” in a series of events leading up to the football bowl game pitting Team Leathernecks vs. Team Devil Dogs.

    The 2014 Basilone Bowl will commence June 26th, 2014 at 6:00 p. m. EST and will be held in Bridgewater, N.J., at Bridgewater-Raritan High School/Basilone Field.

    The game will include a flyover of vintage aircraft, a tribute to veterans, the oath of enlistment administered to new members of the Marine Corps’ delayed entry program, and participation by Major General Mark Brilakis.

    Basilone Bowl Week kicks-off on June 22nd, 2014 and runs through June 26th, 2014. Approximately 80 of Somerset County’s elite football players will partake in team practice leading up to the game, led by high school coaches and local Marines to develop skills not only important to football, but throughout life, such as leadership, self-confidence and teamwork.

    During team practices, local Marines will lead intense, military-style physical fitness warm-up drills and will close practice with seminars that instill pride, emphasize teamwork, and discuss community responsibility. Further, Media representatives will have an opportunity to visit with selected players, as well as the coaching staff and key members of the United States Marine Corps.

    For more information about the events visit To apply for credentials, please send the following information to Captain Timothy Irish:

    -First and Last Name
    -Affiliation and City, State
    -Email Address
    -Phone Number

    Team Practice Schedule:
    Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 6pm-8:30pm
    Monday, June 23rd, 2014 4pm-7:30pm
    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 4pm-7:30pm
    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 4pm-7:30pm

    About Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone:
    Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, of Raritan, New Jersey, was awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of his outstanding heroism at Guadalcanal. Later, during the Iwo Jima Campaign, he was killed in action on D-Day, 19 February 1945. This game has been launched as a tribute to the legacy of John “Manila John” Basilone and to honor the pride of the Somerset county community.


    Media Contact:
    Captain Timothy Irish



    Date Taken: 06.11.2014
    Date Posted: 06.11.2014 08:35
    Story ID: 132752

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