Montford Point Marines Recognized
House Speaker John
Boehner (Ohio) bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on 420 of the
nation’s first African-American Marines this week. They were among
almost 20,000 who completed Marine Corps recruit training at segregated
faculties located at Montford
Point, N.C., from
1942-1949. Montford Pointer William McDowell accepted the nation’s
highest civilian award on behalf of all Montford Point Marines during
the Capitol Hill ceremony. Congressional leaders attending the event
included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), and Rep.
Corrine Brown (Fla.), who sponsored the legislation.
FRA highlighted the Montford
Point Marines in an award-winning story that appeared in the December
2010 issue of FRA Today and congratulates these Marines on the
recognition they so richly deserve.