• I'm Staying with My Boys

  • The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC
  • By: Jim Proser, Jerry Cutter
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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I'm Staying with My Boys

By: Jim Proser,Jerry Cutter
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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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

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“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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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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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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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 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".

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Missed Potential

This book could have been a lot better. The narrator was too 1920's for me and I thought I was listening to every mobster in every Bugs Bunny cartoon. It felt a little made up to me. The combat narrative was top notch. I loved listening to the Bloody Ridge and Guadalcanal portions and also loved hearing about Chesty Puller.

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very very very good 😀!

Excellent book. Hated for it to end. Narrator was great. Now I want to read Chesty!


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Inspirational Story!

Basilone was a true American hero. Found his place under the sun as a military fighting. It takes a special kind of man to find their place and the

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Horrible narrator

Great story and insight into Basilone’s life and story other than what was seen in The Pacific. The narrator however just in my opinion is awful. I know that it’s personal opinion, but his voice does not go alone with this book. Not mention many mispronunciations of words. Could barely get through this book listening to him.