Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Montford Point Marines Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Gold Medal was presented collectively to the Montford Point Marines at a ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

The gold medal, authorized by Public Law 112-59 and struck by the United States Mint, was awarded to the Montford Point Marines in recognition of their personal sacrifice and service to their country during World War II.

The Montford Point Marines were the first black Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps after President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission in June 1941. 

The recruits trained at Camp Montford Point near Jacksonville, North Carolina. On February 19, 1945, black Marines of the 8th Ammunition Company and the 36th Depot Company landed on the island of Iwo Jima.

The largest number of black Marines to serve in combat during World War II took part in the seizure of Okinawa, with . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

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