There has been a long line of African American soldiers recognized by the U.S. government for their accomplishments and duty in the U.S. military. Well, now there is one more that was left off the list when the White House was handing out medals. The marines…the first African American marines.
According to USA Today, the highest honor bestowed on anyone in the nation is the Congressional Gold Medal and it will be awarded to the first African American marines. The soldiers were inducted during a time when the military was still segregated. They trained at Montford Point at Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1942 to 1949.
One soldier in the platoon receiving the honor told USA Today:
“This has been a real long time coming,” said Johnny C. Washington, 82. “It seems like everything we did for a long time was hidden. It’s been real frustrating when you see others get recognition and not us.”
We’ve all heard of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Tuskegee Airmen but the first black Marines were essentially held in obscurity until now. We owe our respect and highest regard for these men. Salut!
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