First Black Marines honored in Washington
Congress took a step to right an injustice.
They awarded the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilian honor — to the Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans to serve in the corps. Their sacrifices were long overlooked.
Hundreds of surviving members attended the ceremony. Ninety-year-old James “Rudy” Carter, born in North Carolina, was just 19 years old when he enlisted.)
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