First African-American Marines Receive Highest Honor.

via blackamericaweb.com

Group of Montford Point Marines.

From MarineCorpsTimes.com: Montford Marines train with artillery in New River, North Carolina in April of 1945 (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The 368 surviving Marines of Montford Point received the highest civilian honor in Washington, D.C. today—the congressional gold medal.

The men received the medal 63 years after the training camp closed in 1949.

Montford Point was a training camp exclusively created for African-Americans in 1942 during World War II.

“They answered our nation’s call at a time when our society was deeply divided along racial lines,” Rep. Corrine Brown said in a statement.

The 368 will also be honored, tomorrow morning, in parade given by the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Washington Marine Barracks.

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