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June 28, 2012

US Honours First Black Marines

by duncanr

It took a while, but the USA has awarded the first black marines, who served their country during WWII, with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Montford Point Marines, named after the segregated North Carolina camp where they trained fought with distinction at Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa defending “a society that enjoyed freedoms they did not share

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Montford Point Marines “secured a permanent place of honor in our national memory. For doing so in the face of mistreatment and injustice, we owe them an even greater measure of respect and gratitude.’’

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