Lena Mae Riggi Basilone
Lena on a beach near Camp Pendleton


Annie Parisse






Deceased as of 1999

Sergeant Lena Mae Riggi Basilone (formerly Lena Mae Riggi) was the love interest, and eventual wife of John Basilone


Lena was born in 1916. Her parents wanted her to settle down and get married, but instead, she enlisted in the Marines, and she was disowned by her father. Some time later, Lena met up with her father again and they reconciled over a cup of coffee.

Meeting John BasiloneEdit

Wearing the chevrons of a Sergeant, Lena would not see action in the Pacific Theatre due to being female, so she was limited to kitchen duties, however, that did not mean that she was any weaker in mindset as the male marines, as John Basilone found out the hard way when they first met. Basilone asked Lena out, but knowing his celebrity status, she refused. Basilone did not give up, however, and he invited Lena to dinner at a fancy restaraunt while training some recruits in the 5th Marine Division. She accepted, but it turned out that she was very hard to impress, as Basilone found out afterwards.

Dating and MarriageEdit

Basilone did not give up, however. He managed to talk Lena into having a coffee break with him. They talked about some things until Lena's fellow women arrived, marking the end of the date. Lena warmed up to Basilone eventually, and they later had a date on the beach near Camp Pendleton where Basilone was training the 5th Marine Division. Basilone eventually reenlisted (His enlistment originally expired in July) much to the Marines' excitement.

Lena and Basilone knew that their time would be short, so they married the next day. For the next seven months, they made the best of their time together before Basilone left for Iwo Jima with his regiment.


Unfortunately, Basilone was killed in action on Iwo Jima. Lena recieved a telegram and went back to the beach, mourning him. After the war, Lena visited Basilone's family and shares a moment, before giving them Basilones Medal of Honor.

Later LifeEdit

Lena never remarried. She soon dedicated a destroyer called the USS Basilone to the Navy. She eventually joined her late husband in 1999


  • Lena arguably has the biggest role of all the women of the series.

See AlsoEdit

John Basilone

5th Marine Division
Real Lena Riggi in 1940s

The real Lena Riggi in the 1940s.

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