Jim was speaking with Raritan Borough Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak this morning (1/10) regarding a movement that is under by a group of Marines that want to assist the memory of a New Jersey hero.

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here is a group of Marines in Iowa who have taken on the task of moving Lena Riggi Basilone (John’s widow) from her resting place in Riverside, California to Arlington to be re-interred with John. They need to raise about $3,000 to do this and want it completed by 19 February 2013 the anniversary of John’s death on Iwo Jima.

You can listen to Mayor Liptak's entire interview with Jim, discussing the fundraising efforts below.

If you would like to donate to the cause, the information for donations is below:

he address is:

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union

EIN number is: 90-6230599

Account Number: 70150187

Address: P.O. Box 1010

Moline, IL 61266

For verification on the account you can call Financial Services Officer, Sherry Herrick at 309-793-6200

Checks should be made payable to "Lena Basilone Burial Fund"