*In 2012, Representative Karen Bass stood proudly before the House Speaker to show her support of and respect for Marion Meredith Beal, who was being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal. Admirably called, “Honor Man,” by those in his platoon, he served as an original Monford Point Marine during WWII.
Mr. Beal passed away on Saturday, March 26, at the age of 94.
But oh what a life he lived!
As one of the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, Mr. Beal, whose parents were educators, was trained with his fellow Marines at the segregated Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC, from 1942-1949.
Following his service, Beal went on to work (and was the FIRST African American to do so) at the Marines Headquarters office as a result of being able to type 100 words per minute (don’t forget: only manual typewriters existed then!).
It was this skill that enabled him to avoid combat.
As a Knight International Journalism Fellow Beal worked with the African Media Initiative in Nairobi, where he was headquartered, to strengthen media organizations in Africa and spread awareness about health issues facing the continent. A former Global Webmaster at Dell, Beal also owned several radio stations in Texas over the past decade and also has a background as a chemist and entomologist.
Talk about being an over-achiever!
Mr. Beal continued to be of service to his community and his country throughout his life. He held numerous positions as a result, up until the very end. He is survived by his wife Rohelia, children Meredith and Michele, and grandchildren Monet, Jules IV and Mariana.
RIP, Mr. Marion Meredit Beal.
Funeral Services for Mr. Beal will be on:
Friday April 1, 2016
First New Christian Baptist Church
1555 W. 108th St., Los Angeles.
Flowers and any offerings should be forwarded to Angelus Mortuary