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August 20, 2020, 8:00 AM @ Montford Point Marine Memorial, Lejeune Memorial Gardens
From 1942 to 1949, approximately 20,000 African American men were admitted to the Marine Corps. With segregation in place, these men trained at a separate base at Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC, a part of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Aware that they had to “fight for the right to fight,” these individuals trained hard to assume roles as ammunition carriers and later, frontline fighters. The Montford Point Marines' significant service to the Marine Corps and the nation was recognized in 2012 when all men known to have served were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. With no official record of those who served from 1942 to 1949, the Montford Point Marine Association has sought to recognize and continue awarding the medal to the families of the men who served but were not recognized. Join us as we recognize, celebrate, and honor these heroes.